Bad Hair Bandit Caught — Suspected of Four State Crime Spree


Aug. 18 2011, Published 4:00 a.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk - Senior Reporter

The Bad Hair Bandit has been busted!

The woman who is suspected of robbing 20 banks wearing different color wigs was arrested on Monday after allegedly robbing a bank in Sacramento, California.

Cynthia Van Holland, 47, has been on the FBI’s Most Wanted List since June and she is suspected in a four state crime spree. In her mug shot her real hair is bleach blonde with dark roots.

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Van Holland was arrested in a getaway car with her 26-year-old husband Christopher Alonzo, and the two are in custody in the Placer County Jail.

She is a suspect in the four state crime spree, which began in December, where she allegedly robbed banks wearing wigs and usually handed the teller a note saying she had a gun but never showed a weapon.

Prior to the California bank she was spotted in a Butte, Montana bank wearing a black wig during an alleged robbery.

Celebrity Justice

Van Holland is a licensed nurse and worked in the county jail in Kootenai County Idaho and the FBI believes she may have robbed at least eight banks while she worked there. Her last day of employment was August 10.

A family member told the Spokesman-Review that Van Holland met her husband while working at a prison in Idaho. He is a convicted felon on parole for forgery and fraudulent use of a credit card.

“I would never think that she would do anything like this honestly, and I’ve known her my whole life,” her cousin Marlene Kootstra told the paper.


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