Suspect in 7 Arizona 'Grimace Bandit' bank robberies is caught in Mississippi

Miranda MaloneyFederal and local officers in Mississippi have nabbed a woman suspected of being the "Grimace Bandit," the robber who hit several Arizona banks in late 2017.  

The FBI and Gulfport police officers arrested Miranda Maloney on Dec. 23.

Maloney is accused of robbing financial institutions all over Arizona in the span of five weeks and stealing nearly $15,000 in cash. During the first two robberies, the robber wore a purple shirt and scarf, earning her the nickname Grimace Bandit, after the fictional McDonald's character, according to an FBI statement.

Bomb threats and demanding notes


The first robbery was Sept. 30 at a Chase Bank across the street from Metrocenter Mall. The robber approached the teller and gave a note demanding money, threatening to use a bomb concealed in a bag. She took $750 in cash, although a bomb squad later determined there was no explosive device.

Nearly a week later, Oct. 6, the robber entered a BMO Harris branch off Bell Road and 29th Avenue in Phoenix. She again handed the teller a note demanding cash and placing a brown bag containing a heavy object on the counter. The teller complied, and she took off with $1,400.

On Oct. 9, the Grimace Bandit entered the MidFirst Bank on Litchfield and Indian School roads in Goodyear. The woman handed the teller a note, threatening to use an item inside a black bag. The teller handed the robber $2,000. A bomb squad determined there were no explosives in the bag.

 

A week later, Oct. 18, the robber entered the Mountain America Credit Union near Thunderbird Road and Seventh Street in Phoenix. She handed the teller a note demanding cash and placed a bag with a heavy object inside on a table. The teller handed her $3,540, and the robber began to cry, "claiming her life was a mess," according to court records. A bomb squad found no explosives.

On Oct. 24, the robber entered a Tucson Federal Credit Union inside a Fry's near Thornydale and Tangerine roads in Marana. She handed the teller a note and exposed a handgun in her purse. The robber left with $2,050 in cash.


A week after, on Halloween afternoon, the robber entered the Hughes Federal Credit Union near Wetmore Road and Fairview Avenue in Tucson. She approached the counter, placed a brown bag and said what was inside would hurt the teller. She took off with $2,000 but left the bag. A bomb squad didn't find any explosives.

The last robbery took place Nov. 4. The robber entered the Wells Fargo Bank at Avenue B and 26th Street in Yuma. The robber took off with $3,000.

Total of $14,725 stolen


In all, she took off with $14,725 from all seven branches, and no one was injured, according to the FBI. Photos show she covered her head with a headscarf or sunglasses during each robbery.  

Police identified Maloney as a suspect in early November based off a fingerprint from the note left at the Goodyear robbery.

She was charged in a criminal complaint and will face trial in the U.S. District Court for Arizona.

 

Article From:- https://www.azcentral.com

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