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California Charges ‘Bad Hair’ Suspect

A former Kootenai County Jail nurse who also worked in elementary schools has been charged with robbing 21 banks in Washington, Oregon, California and Montana. Cynthia Lynn Van Holland, 48, is accused of being the “Bad Hair Bandit,” a serial robber nicknamed by the FBI because she wore a variety of ugly wigs during the heists, which authorities allege netted about $42,000. Van Holland has been in jail in California since Placer County sheriff's deputies arrested last August after a robbery in Auburn, about 35 miles northeast of Sacramento. Her 26-year-old husband, Christopher Alonzo, an ex-con whom Van Holland met while working as a nurse in Idaho prisons, also was arrested/Meghann M. Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here.

Question: How often do you have bad hair days?

‘Bad Hair Bandit’ Confesses Crimes

A suspect in a series of bank robberies pulled off by someone wearing a variety of wigs confessed to the crimes after her arrest, according to court documents. Cynthia Lynn Van Holland, 47, a former nurse at the Kootenai County Jail who’s accused of being the “Bad Hair Bandit,” remains in custody at the Placer County Jail near Sacramento, Calif. She has not yet been indicted by a grand jury but is charged via complaint with three counts of robbery for heists in California. According to an affidavit filed in federal court in Sacramento, Van Holland confessed to the 20-robbery, four-state spree and described each incident – including a May 9 robbery in Spokane – in an interview with an FBI agent at the Placer County Jail the day of her arrest on Aug. 15/Meghann M. Cuniff, SR. More here.

Question: If you were a bandit, what nickname would you want for yourself?

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