'Pink Lady Bandit,' male suspect held in string of bank robberies in NC and other states
Posted July 27, 2019 10:10 a.m. EDT
Updated July 29, 2019 2:28 p.m. EDT
Hamlet, N.C. — Two people, including a woman known as the "Pink Lady Bandit," are in custody in connection with several bank robberies along the East Coast, including two in North Carolina, authorities said.
FBI officials in Charlotte said Circe Baez, 35 of Pennsylvania, has been arrested and is facing charges for the bank heists.
Authorities said Alexia Morales, 38, of Pennsylvania, has also been linked to the bank robberies and is also facing charges. It was not immediately clear what his role was in the robberies.
The two suspects were taken to Pitt County, where they appeared before a local magistrate judge before being booked into the Pitt County Detention Center. They were both being held Monday at the Pitt jail on $4 million bond each.
They each face several charges, including felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon
Investigators said in a written statement that four banks were targeted, including:
- Orrstown Bank, 1 Giant Lane in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on July 20, 2019;
- M&T Bank, 19511 Camelot Drive in 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.
Authorities said 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 helped officers identify Baez as one of the suspect.
Officers began referring to the suspect as the “Pink Lady Bandit” because of the pink handbag she’s carried in the robberies.
The bureau had been offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that led to the woman’s arrest and conviction.
FBI officials said the two suspects were found at the Charlotte Speedway Inn & Suites located at 1408 West Sugar Creek Road in Charlotte.
The two were taken into custody without incident, according to investigators.