'Grimace Bandit' accused of robbing 3 banks in 9 days

The "Grimace Bandit" suspect

The "Grimace Bandit" is suspected of robbing three banks in nine days, the most recent crime happened in Goodyear on Monday. The suspect earned the nickname because she wore a purple shirt during the first robbery and a purple scarf in the second robbery.

According to the FBI, the suspect entered the Chase Bank in Phoenix near 30th and Peoria Avenues on September 30th at around 12:26 p.m. She approached a teller, presented a demand note and verbally demanded money. The suspect was given the funds and fled the area on foot.

Just before 7:00 p.m. on October 9th, authorities say the same suspect robbed MidFirst Bank located near Litchfield and Indian School Roads in Goodyear. The suspect left a suspicious package inside the bank, then fled the scene. The FBI says the package was later determined not to be a threat.

The first robbery took place on October 6th, around 3:45 p.m. The suspect entered the BMO Harris Bank near 29th Avenue and Bell Road and approached a teller. A purse was placed on the counter by the woman, who then handed the teller a note demanding money. After the suspect obtained the currency, she fled the area in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a white female, age 35 to 45 years old, 5' 2" to 5' 5" tall, weighing 175 pounds.

During the September 30th robbery, the woman wore a multi-colored scarf on her head, black sunglasses, a purple striped shirt, gray yoga pants and black-and-white Converse-style shoes. 

The suspect was described as having reddish, shoulder-length, curly hair during the October 9th robbery. The woman was wearing a green shirt with a pink bra, black leggings, a black hat and large sunglasses.

Officials say during the October 6th robbery, the suspect wore a purple scarf or burka covering her head and face, dark-framed prescription-style glasses and a floral top.

Authorities say the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information about the robberies, call the FBI at 623-466-1999. You can also submit tips at tips.fbi.gov or call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. You can remain anonymous and receive a cash award for tips leading to an arrest or indictment.