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


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.

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