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'Boom Boom,' 'Purse Packing' bandits wanted for LA-area bank robberies

A bank robber dubbed the 'Boom Boom Bandit' is shown in a surveillance still image during a bank heist in the Los Angeles area.

February 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The FBI is on the trail of two bank robbers dubbed the "Boom Boom" and "Purse Packing" bandits. The two are targeting the Los Angeles area.

Surveillance cameras caught the "Boom Boom Bandit" in the act, robbing or trying to rob two Los Angeles banks - a Chase bank in the 12000 block of Venice Boulevard and a Bank of America on the 11000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. Both branches were hit on Feb. 12.

In both cases, he showed the teller a gun and possible bomb, along with a note reading, "No drama, no boom boom."

The "Boom Boom Bandit" is described as a white male in his mid-30s to early-40s, about 6 feet 1 inch to 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 180-200 pounds with brown hair that may be a wig.

The "Purse Packing Bandit" is wanted for bank heists that occurred last year. In October 2012, she hit a Citibank in the 8000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. In November 2012, she struck a Chase Bank in the 300 block of North Fairfax Boulevard in Los Angeles. Also, she hit two banks last December - a Bank of America in the 8000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood and a Chase Bank in the 3000 block of Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles.

She appears to wear a wig during the robberies and carries a purse, claimimg that it contains a gun. Then, she hands over a note demanding cash.

The "Purse Packing Bandit" is described as a black female in her mid-30s to mid-40s, about 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing about 120-140 pounds.

If you have any information about either of these suspects, you're urged to dial 911 or contact your nearest FBI office.