'Strolling Hat' bandit wanted for Eugene bank robberies

'Strolling Hat' bandit wanted for Eugene bank robberies
The Strolling Hat bandit

EUGENE, Ore. – A robber nicknamed the "Strolling Hat" bandit has now been linked to three bank heists in Eugene since late August, according to law enforcement sources.

As such, the Oregon Financial Institutions Security Taskforce and the FBI are offering a combined reward of up to $6,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the woman believed to be responsible for three robberies in Eugene over a three-week period.

Investigators nicknamed her the Strolling Hat bandit because she has worn a hat in each robbery. In each case, the woman walked into the bank, approached a teller, demanded cash and left with the money.

The FBI and the Eugene Police Department are working together on the investigation. They report that the robberies include:

  • Aug. 23 at Pacific Cascade Bank, 1075 Oak St., Eugene
  • Aug. 30 at Pacific Continental Bank, 1450 High St., Eugene
  • Sept. 14 at US Bank, 1675 W. 18th Ave., Eugene

In each case, witnesses have given the same general description of the robber: 

  • Race: White
  • Age: Late teens to early 20s
  • Height: 5-feet-2-inches to 5-feet-6-inches tall
  • Weight/Build: 110 to 125 pounds, and thin
  • Hair: Shoulder-length, brown and/or dyed maroon

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI in Eugene at (541) 343-5222 during normal business hours; the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 (available 24 hours a day); or the Eugene Police Department at (541) 682-8888.

The Oregon Financial Institutions Security Taskforce is a cooperative effort made up of representatives from banks, savings and loans, and credit unions, as well as representatives from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The purpose of FIST is to help reduce crimes.