UPDATE: “Pink Lady Bandit” and accomplice captured by the FBI after a spree of bank robberies from PA to NC

The “Pink Lady Bandit” has been captured after robbing four banks along the East Coast, in three different states. Two of these banks were in N.C. The pink lady bandit didn’t act alone, her male accomplice is also in custody. So much for a modern day Bonnie & Clyde.

(AYDEN,NC)- UPDATE 7/29/19 08:47PM: The same unidentified suspect from the original story last week where one bank robbery occurred in Ayden, NC at Southern Bank, unfolded a bigger picture into an FBI investigation.

The “Pink Lady Bandit” is believed to have robbed four different banks along the East Coast, in three states, two of which were in N.C.

In each individual robbery, there were similar characteristics. The female suspect showed the teller a note demanding money, and in two specified cases she was carrying a distinctive style of a pink handbag. The pink handbag lead to her being dubbed as the “Pink Lady Bandit”. Other physical characteristics were yoga style pants, tank tops, big dark sunglasses, and a grayish colored baseball cap.

Photo Courtesy of FBI
Photo Courtesy of FBI

In each case, the suspect showed the teller a note that demanded money. She has since been dubbed the nickname, “Pink Lady Bandit” because in at least two of the robberies she carried a very distinctive pink handbag.

The Pink Lady Bandit didn’t act alone and her “Clyde” – accomplice, has also been arrested in the series of robberies. FBI- Charlotte, Public Affairs Specialist, Shelley Lynch issued the following in a release on the FBI website:

“The Charlotte Division of the FBI arrested Circe Baez (DOB August 9, 1983) and Alexis Morales (DOB May 15, 1981) on July 28, 2019, in connection with at least four bank robberies along the East Coast. The bank robberies occurred at the following locations:

  • Orrstown Bank, 1 Giant Lane, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on July 20, 2019
  • M&T Bank, 19511 Camelot Drive, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on July 23, 2019
  • Southern Bank, 236 West 3rd Street in Ayden, North Carolina, on July 24, 2019
  • BB&T, 8 Raleigh Street in Hamlet, North Carolina, on July 26, 2019

Evidence gathered during the course of the investigation by the FBI, Greenville Police Department, the Ayden Police Department, Hamlet Police Department, Carlisle Police Department, and the Delaware State Police led agents and task force officers to identify Circe Baez as the woman who robbed at least four banks. Agents and officers uncovered additional evidence after the robbery in Hamlet, North Carolina, to identify Morales as an accomplice to the crimes.

On Sunday, July 28, 2019, investigators located Baez and Morales at the Charlotte Speedway Inn & Suites located at 1408 West Sugar Creek Road in Charlotte, North Carolina. Members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Violent Criminal Apprehension Team took the suspects into custody without incident. They were transported to Pitt County where they went before a local magistrate judge and were booked into the Pitt County Detention Center. The suspects are currently being held at the Pitt County Detention Center in Greenville, North Carolina, on $4 million bond each. At this time, they are charged in connection with the bank robberies in Ayden and Hamlet, North Carolina. Specific details on the individual charges they face can be found at the Pitt County Detention Center website. 

Baez is also currently charged by the Carlisle Police Department. Both suspects are likely facing additional charges from other state agencies and perhaps federal charges in connection to the cases. The investigation is ongoing.

The following agencies partnered in this investigation: FBI Charlotte, Delaware State Police, Carlisle Police Department, Ayden Police Department, Hamlet Police Department, Greenville Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, FBI Baltimore, and FBI Philadelphia.”

The Pink Lady Bandit and her side kick have traded in the pink purse for one pillow case, orange jump suits and hotel suites on the run for jail cells.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact your local FBI Office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also submit a tip at: tips.fbi.gov


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(AYDEN, NC)- Ayden Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who robbed a local bank today on foot.

APD released the bank robbery suspect caught on surveillance footage at Southern Bank. APD reported that at approximately 4:10-4:15 PM this Wednesday evening, the 236 Third Street location was robbed by the female pictured in photos below.

Photo Courtesy of Ayden Police Dept.
Photo Courtesy of Ayden Police Dept
Photo Courtesy of Ayden Police Dept

Photo Courtesy of Ayden Police Dept
Photo Courtesy of Ayden Police Dept

The suspect is described as a white female, late 20s to early 30s who was wearing a black tank top, black/white printed legging style pants, a blue ball cap and a pink purse.

The suspect was said to be traveling on foot.

If you have any information, please call the Ayden Police Department at 252-481-5844 or our EZ Call Program at 252-746-APD0.

There is up to a $5,000 reward offered through the North Carolina Bankers Association for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Bank Robbery Suspect Identified In A Second Robbery

(JACKSONVILLE, NC)-

UPDATE: Armed Robbery Suspect Identified.

The suspect in last Thursday afternoon’s armed robbery of First Citizens Bank, 302 B Western Blvd., has been identified as Christopher Bryan Shingleton, 42, of Swansboro, NC. “Shingleton is currently in the custody of the Craven County Detention Center on similar, but unrelated charges” said Captain Mike Capps, JPD Investigations Supervisor. Shingleton will be served on robbery warrants related to the bank heist in Jacksonville. Bond information is pending first court appearance.

On Thursday, June 13th at approximately 4:02 PM, officers of the Jacksonville Police Department responded to an armed robbery at First Citizens Bank, 302 B Western Boulevard, Jacksonville. The preliminary investigation revealed that a masked man entered the bank and handed a note to the teller. The suspect left on foot in an unknown direction of travel. No one was injured in the accident.

“JPD Detectives have been collaborating with investigators from Havelock PD and Morehead City PD as well as agents from the NC State Bureau of Investigation on this case” said Captain Capps. He expressed appreciation to our media partners for their assistance in getting the photo to out the public, leading to tips and calls to the department.

“We would like to thank the media for their assistance, through broadcasting and social networking, which directly led to the identification of the suspect” said Captain Capps.

Anyone with additional information about the suspect or incident is asked to call JPD Detective Jason Griess at jgriess@jacksonvillenc.gov at 910-455-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-6413. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES)


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Jacksonville Public Safety issued a press release this evening informing the public and seeking help identifying an armed bank robbery suspect. There are no injuries reported in the afternoon incident at the bank.

At approximately 4:02 PM, officers of the Jacksonville Police Department responded to an armed robbery at First Citizens Bank, 302 B Western Boulevard, Jacksonville.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a masked man entered the bank and handed a note to the teller. The suspect left on foot in an unknown direction of travel. No one was injured in the accident.

“We are in the early steps of this investigation and could use the assistance of the public in identifying the subject in the surveillance images” said Captain Mike Capps, supervisor of the JPD Investigative Services Division.

The man is described as a white male, over 6’ tall. . At the time of the incident he was wearing a dark colored hoodie, dark pants, a white hospital/medical mask and gray ball cap with the “H” Hurley insignia.

Anyone with information about the suspect or incident is asked to call Jacksonville Police at 910-455-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES)

“SET IT OFF”: A one-woman inspired robbery in a Durham Wells Fargo

Durham Police Department issued a release tonight via the department Facebook page tonight where they are investigating a bank robbery that happened this afternoon at Wells Fargo at 2821 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard.

The suspect is believed to be a man dressed as a woman entered the bank around 4:15p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money and threatening the use of a gun. No weapon was ever made visible and no one was injured.

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The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was assumingly, and poorly inspired by the 1996 film, “Set it Off” with Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise, and Jada Pinkett. The suspect was wearing a dark, curly-synthetic-wig, a pink jacket, peacock feather print leggings, a surgical mask, and sunglasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Crabtree at (919) 560-4583, ext. 29356 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

 

 

 

UPDATED: #ARRESTED Wells Fargo and Circle K robbery suspect identified in Wilmington and Leland as the same man

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Wilmington Police charged Elijah Muhammad McFarland, 35, with robbery with a dangerous weapon Friday morning.

A WPD officer on patrol in the 700 block of Church Street recognized McFarland riding a bicycle in the area, confirmed he was the suspect and arrested him for his role in the robbery of the Wells Fargo on South College Street Thursday.

McFarland is currently being held at the New Hanover County Jail on a $300,000 bond. He received a $150,000 bond for the Wilmington robbery, and $150,000 bond for the Brunswick County incident.


Double robbery suspect has been identified as 25-year-old, Elijah Mahammad McFarland who is wanted in a Wells Fargo bank robbery on S. College Rd. Wilmington as well as a convenience store robbery in Leland. The suspect is seen in images wearing the same outfit on both occasions, unmasked.

WPD officials reported that the suspect passed a note to the teller demanding money. He reportedly claimed to have a weapon but never displayed it.

Wells Fargo S. College Rd. Wilmington robbery image

Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office also released information via social media identifying the same man in a robbery at a convenience store in Leland where he is WANTED for robbery with a dangerous weapon. This particular incident occurred at around 10pm on 02/13/19 at the Circle K convenience store located at 7806 Ocean Hwy E, in Leland. BCSO stated, “Subject entered the store, told the clerk he had a gun in his pocket and demanded money. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.”

BCSO image of suspect
Circle K Robbery Images (LELAND)

No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a 25 year old black man with a goatee, 5’4”, 130 pounds. He was wearing a flat-rimmed white baseball hat, a red jacket, blue jeans and tan boots. Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at 910.343.3609 or use Text A Tip.

Anyone with information on the Leland incident should conact Det. Hester at 910-713-8360.