Armed robbery goes equal opportunity: Women latest suspects in Tucson-area bank thefts

Burn those bras and shred those aprons – women continue to enter fields where mainly men have only tread before, right here in good ole Pima County.

Bank of the West robbery suspect July 21/submitted photo

If heading companies, kicking butt in tennis and running for Vice President is not enough, women have now entered yet another field traditionally dominated by males:

Armed robbery.

Two recent, unrelated Tucson-area bank robberies were both pulled off by women, according to news releases from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

We’ve come a long way, baby.

The first went down around 3 p.m. on July 21, when a woman, aged 60 to 70, walked into the Bank of the West, 3041 S. Kinney Road. Rather than a withdrawal slip, the gal pulled out a gun and demanded money from the teller.

The woman, described as white and about 5-feet, 6-inches tall, then took off in a white, early 2000s Hyundai Tiburon 2-door coupe with a spoiler and dark tinted windows.

Bank of America robbery suspect July 23/submitted photo

The second robbery was around 2 p.m. on July 23 when another female, between the ages of 20 and 25, hit a Bank of America at 7130 N. Oracle Road.

She, too, forwent the withdrawal slip and instead handed the teller a note demanding money, noting she had a gun, although she never presented the weapon.

This gal is described as white or Hispanic, aged 20 to 25 and between 5-feet 2-inches and 5-feet 4-inches tall. She fled in a red sedan that resembled a Mazda 3.

Photos show her coyly covering her face with what could be a dainty doily – or a dirty diaper. At least she’s keeping her womanly charms.

Neither suspect had a man present, not even driving the get-away car. Maybe any boyfriend or hubby was home doing the dishes.

Out of the roughly 175,000 people arrested nationwide for criminal behavior in 2008, about 152,000 of them were men, leaving only 23,000 as women, according to the Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center.

Sorry, ladies, we still have miles to go if we really want to catch up in the criminal field.

While we jest about armed robbery becoming EOE, it’s not really funny. When women aspire to get into fields traditionally dominated by men, we’re usually thinking more like CEO or officers of the law – not people who defy it.

Guys can keep their lives of crime. Heck, they can even keep roles like garbage man and sewer worker if they want them.

Rather than illustrating the strength of modern women, perhaps female armed robbers instead exhibit the desperation of the current economy – for either gender.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is looking for leads, additional details and two women who fit the descriptions buying copious amounts of shoes using crisp, clean bills.

PCSD urges anyone with information regarding the bank robberies or possible identities of the suspects to contact Det. Burns at 351-4592, 247-4050 or 88-CRIME.


What do you think?

What other fields would you like to see more women enter?

Women – What fields would you rather never enter?

Guys – What fields are you sick of dominating?

NOTE: PCSD sent a third news release on another recent bank robbery, but it was a traditional man suspect. CLICK HERE to read it in Hot Off the Press (Release) section.


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15 Responses to Armed robbery goes equal opportunity: Women latest suspects in Tucson-area bank thefts

  1. Oakland says:

    I have to wonder if these robberies have more to do with the hard times we are under or if this is going to be a pattern we are going to start seeing.

    • Rynski says:

      i’m wondering along with you, oakland.
      the best would be if it were a trend that’s just going to go away.
      when i paid a visit to a local bank the other day and was made to wait for goodly amount of time, i honestly figured i’d see an armed robbery, based on the massive amounts of them lately.
      thanks for comment.

  2. fraser007 says:

    The lady with the wig just has to be the ugliest bank robber in history. Not that they have to be good looking, you know. Dapper John Dillinger would be embarrased by her! LOL

    • Rynski says:

      hahhahahah! you sure that’s a wig?
      i was betting, based on its very healthy sheen, that HAD to be natural.
      thanks for laugh, fraser007.

  3. azmouse says:

    It never shocks me when younger people of either gender make bad choices because they tend not to think so far ahead or of the consequences, but a sixty to seventy year old woman robbing a bank or a ninety something year old woman smuggling pot across the border? That’s baffling…..

    • Rynski says:

      hiya azmouse!
      i’ll agree younger folks often have a hard time thinking of ‘future’ or consequences, or they feel invincible like things like death or arrest will never happen to them.
      on the other hand, however, i’m betting the older folks know that the weight of a sentence of ‘life in prison’ doesn’t mean as much when you’re 94….

      • azmouse says:

        Hello Ryn and Andrew!!

        I do suppose some elderly people are immature but on a whole I’d like to think that all the life experiences have helped to wisen them up a bit.

        Either way, not smart, dang women!

  4. Lance Boil says:

    Hey Ryn and Mouse
    Age does not denote maturity.

    • Rynski says:

      hiya andrew/aka lance boil,
      you’re right – but, like azmouse, i would HOPE the ‘older and wiser’ thing holds some weight…thanks for input!

  5. Alan in Kent WA says:

    I do not find it surprising that women would enter this particular employment; instead, I find their choice of getaway car good choices.  Mazdas and Hyundais are quite reliable, fast,  and more likely for the air conditioning to work on the hot summer days. 

    • Rynski says:

      hey alan in kent WA,
      ha! so glad they had some brains when it came to get-away cars, esp. when it comes to the all important air-conditioning factor.
      must get kind of nerve-wracking and sweaty after pointing a gun a teller.

  6. radmax says:

    Hey, get the cops on the horn, we got Ma Barker on camera 6… Hi Rynski!
    What the heck are these felonious fems…or fellas for that matter, thinkin’?
    Everybody knows you have to wear a clear plastic bag over your face to get away with such a caper. Haha! Thanks for the yuks Rynski!
    Stupid criminal tricks always make my day brighter. 🙂

    • Rynski says:

      ha! love it, radmax!
      ma barker!
      thanks, too, for reminding us about the very successful tip of wearing the plastic bag over your face for bank robberies – SO much more effective than pantyhose, even.
      you sure know your stuff!

  7. john kennedy says:

    I think that Bank of the West robber is Geddy Lee of Rush!

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