Oklahoma Vice: Naming Oklahoma's fugitive bank robbers
Perusing the FBI's list of wanted Oklahoma bank robbers, it struck me how easy it is to rob a bank and get away with it....at least for a little while. The FBI lists 21 unidentified persons wanted for robbing banks in Oklahoma. When I worked at a newspaper in Southern California a few years back, the FBI field office there gave names to all the unidentified robbers, typically based on their appearance, i.e. "The Blue Hat Bandit." The FBI in Oklahoma doesn't seem to be doing that, so I'm helping them out. The Oklahoma Bankers Association offers up to a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of many of these bank robbers. Click through for more pictures of wanted bank robbers in the state.
The Red-Lipped Raider: A suspect dressed in black spandex from head to foot, including black sneakers and black gloves, robbed the Arvest Bank 2902 East Gore Boulevard in Lawton, on Jan. 16. He wore white face paint, and his mouth was painted red. The suspect brandished a firearm during robbery.
The Purple Plunderer: A woman robbed the Arvest Bank at 14900 SE 29 in Choctaw on Dec. 12, 2015. She passed a note to the bank teller demanding money. The suspect wore large oval sunglasses, a black top with a hood, a black jacket, and black pants. She also had long hair with purple highlights, which the FBI says was "possibly a wig."
The suspect departed the bank in a dark gray Ford F-Series pickup truck.
The Bandana Bandito: A man wearing sunglasses and a dark-colored bandana covering his face robbed the First Fidelity Bank at 12215 N MacArthur in Oklahoma City on Aug. 30, 2016. The man also wore a gray sports coat over a dark button-up shirt and a dark hat. He brandished a silver handgun, demanding money before fleeing in a dark-colored minivan.
The Do-Rag Despirada: A woman wearing a do-rag and sunglasses robbed The IBC Bank at 5302 E Skelly Drive in Tulsa on July 28, 2015. The woman also wore a black short-sleeved shirt and black shorts. She lifted her shirt to reveal a semi-automatic handgun in the front left side of her waistband during the robbery. The semi-automatic handgun had a silver and black striped grip with a black slide and barrel.
"The female walked out of the lobby and was last seen running out of the business to the west then south along a concrete fence," according to the FBI.
The Boomer Sooner Bandita: A woman wearing a University of Oklahoma sweatshirt and a black cap robbed the City National Bank inside the Walmart at 4420 S Western in Oklahoma City on Oct. 14, 2016.
The woman gave a demand note to the teller, then walked out with an undisclosed amount of money.