Bank robber in disguise strikes again
A Central Pacific branch is likely his 15th target in a year
Police say a man dressed as a woman who robbed the Keeaumoku Central Pacific Bank yesterday may be the same man who has also robbed 13 banks and a gas station since October.
Wearing a dress, wig and glasses, the man entered the bank at 818 Keeaumoku St. around 4:15 p.m., showed a teller the butt of a pistol and demanded money.
The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, but left his disguise behind, police said.
Witnesses described the man as in his 30s, 5 feet 8 inches, and about 200 pounds.
The string of "disguised bandit" robberies at 13 banks and a gas station dates back to Oct. 24.
The suspect has used blond wigs, hospital scrubs, fake beards, a construction worker outfit, camouflage pants, a baseball cap and other disguises during the robberies, according to police.
Police said the man usually hits banks, but in May he used a knife to rob the Tesoro gas station at 94-1082 Ka Uka Blvd. in Waipio.
At the time he was wearing a blue-and-white aloha shirt, a blue hat with a light-blue logo, sunglasses and dark shoes.
Yesterday's robbery is believed to be his third at a Central Pacific Bank, according to police.
On June 6, he robbed a Central Pacific Bank in Kaneohe, altering a pattern of hitting Leeward Oahu banks.
Police said at the time that he was "forced out of his element" because they had warned the Leeward community to be on the lookout.
In the Windward Central Pacific Bank robbery, the man was wearing a baseball cap backward, sunglasses and clothes with paint on them.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.