West Seattle Crime Watch: 3 WS heists blamed on ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’

Remember that surveillance photo? It’s now attached to a nickname. For the first time in a long time, the FBI’s given a nickname to a serial bank robber – and blaming the “Mrs. Doubtfire Bandit” for six heists, including three in West Seattle – the latest, last week’s robbery of the Alaska USA branch in the Westwood Village QFC. From the FBI, the six holdups linked to the same person, and more information:

1. 4/5/2010 – Key Bank , 4701 California Ave SW in Seattle [WSB coverage]
2. 4/28/2010 – Sterling Savings, 224 SW 15nd St in Burien
3. 5/29/2010 – Bank of America, 10623 NE 68th St in Kirkland
4. 6/1/2010 – Viking Bank, 4022 SW Alaska St in Seattle [WSB coverage]
5. 8/7/2010 – Alaska USA, 7300 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle
6. 8/31/2010 – Alaska USA, 2500 SW Barton in Seattle [WSB coverage]

The suspect uses a note but threatens a weapon and violence. Generally described as a white female, 5’4”, 110 lbs, thin build, 40’s, looks gaunt and sick. We call her the “Mrs. Doubtfire Bandit.” Anyone with information about this individual is asked to contact the FBI by telephone at (206) 622-0460, or e-mail at seattle.fbi@ic.fbi.gov

Here are two more photos sent by the FBI – left, from the May 29th Kirkland robbery; right, from the one in West Seattle eight days ago.

8 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: 3 WS heists blamed on 'Mrs. Doubtfire'"

  • mannamc September 8, 2010 (1:26 pm)

    I still prefer “Dude Looks Like a Lady” robber.

  • enviromaven September 8, 2010 (2:07 pm)

    Gotta be a guy!

  • FunnerThanNothing September 8, 2010 (2:41 pm)

    ha ha, the subject already made it to a certain “it’s-not-news” website.

    kidding aside, my hankering for Safeway deli (a crime within itsself) saved me & my brood from ending up in this mess when “she” was strongarming Westwood.

    oddly enough this looks like my aunt Peggy without the moustache. Love the names they give these bandits. I would have called “her” Thelma & Louie.

  • Forest September 8, 2010 (2:57 pm)

    It appears from the pictures that banks getting robbed are only those with no glass or plexiglass shield (and sliding metal drawer) between the teller and the customer. Why haven’t these banks already had security shields installed to discourage robberies?

  • HolyKow September 8, 2010 (3:11 pm)

    The next one will be with a lemon meringue pie splattered all over their face and they will greet the clerk with HELLOOOO!!!


  • DP September 8, 2010 (3:55 pm)

    Hey, I recognize that guy!
    It’s . . .
    It’s . . .
    Robin Williams!

  • george September 9, 2010 (11:48 am)


    Umm, its not that uncommon for the FBI to give a name to a serial bank robber, usually to humiliate them. We have plenty of serial bank robbers in WA, we lead/are close to leading the nation in bank robberies.

    • WSB September 9, 2010 (11:54 am)

      I’ve been working in media here for 15+ years and while the nickname thing USED to be common – in my former Seattle TV newsrooms, we’d even try to guess what a certain robber might wind up getting dubbed – but lately it has not been, which is why I wrote that line. – TR

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