‘Bad Hair Bandit’ Pleads Guilty To 21 Counts Of Bank Robbery

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Cynthia Lynn Van Holland, 48, a transient from the states of Idaho and Washington, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to 21 counts of bank robbery.

According to court documents, Van Holland committed robberies in four different states and five different federal districts.

The local robberies include:

  • June 28, 2011, East West Bank at 4790 Freeport Blvd in Sacramento, $671
  • June, 28, 2011, U.S. Bank at 304 F Street in Davis, $1,967
  • Aug. 15, 2011, Bank of the West at 13422 Lincoln Way in Auburn, $8,722.

She’s also accused of robbing 16 banks in Washington, one in Oregon and one in Montana.
She was dubbed the “Bad Hair Bandit” because she used a series of unusual wigs and disguises in executing her bank robberies.

The investigation was conducted by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the FBI and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

In addition, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office assisted in apprehending Van Holland.

Van Holland is scheduled to be sentenced on October 10, 2012 by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller.

Van Holland is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for each count of bank robbery.


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