San Jose Police investigators were making surveillance photos public Tuesday in hopes of catching a serial bank robber who has hit five South Bay banks since November.
KTVU broke the story during its noon newscast with pictures that show clear images but a ‘disguise’ makes it unclear whether the suspect is a man or woman.
Police describe the suspect as African American, 5’4” to 5’7”, 110 pounds wearing a black curly wig, sunglasses and speaks with a feminine voice.
“Some tellers are telling us that they believe it is a male dressed as a female” said San Jose Police Investigator Enrique Garcia. “Other tellers have told us that they think it’s a female.”
Police say the person started the string of robberies on Nov. 9 at a Well Fargo Bank in Milpitas followed by a Wells Fargo and Bank of America both in San Jose then another Milpitas Wells Fargo Bank before a Comerica Bank in Milpitas Monday.
Police emphasize they don’t necessarily believe the suspect lives in the South Bay and say the two cities might be targets to try to throw off investigators.
What concerns investigators the most is, they say, the suspect is getting more brazen by brandishing a gun and threatening tellers.
All of the robberies took place in the late morning or afternoon hours.
“It’s scary because the late morning is when I come to use the ATM,” said bank customer Marilyn Canuel.
And many customers said it doesn’t matter to them if the suspect is male or female.
“Every robber is a threat,” added another customer Tim Candee. “You just don’t know how high a scale of danger.”
Investigators say they don’t believe the disguise will fool anybody who knows the suspect.
“We know someone knows who this person is even though the suspect is using a disguise,” said Garcia. “Someone is going to know where she works, where she lives, associates, what kind of car she drives...”
There is an $11,000 reward being offered in the case.
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