Dude looks like a lady: 'Tootsie' bandit hits banks

Dude looks like a lady: 'Tootsie' bandit hits banks
Surveillance photos of the suspect

SEATTLE -- Police are looking for a bank robber who is probably a man, but disguises himself as a woman when robbing banks.

So far, the robber has hit a bank in West Seattle and Burien, said Sgt. John Urquhart with the King County Sheriff's Department.

The first robbery was at April 5 at the KeyBank on 4701 California Ave. SW.  Urquhart said the robber gave the teller a note asking for money. But no gun was seen.

The second robbery was April 28 at the Sterling Savings Bank in Burien on SW 152nd. According to deputies, this time a note was given to the teller, but the robber also said there were “men who will hurt me” and that “she had kids”.  

The teller didn't hand over any money and told detectives she thought the robber was a woman. But further investigation of surveillance tape has detectives thinking it's actually a man.

The robber is about 5 -foot-5 tall and weighs 135 pounds, perhaps aged 40 to 50 years old.  At the Sterling Bank his face appeared “bruised," Urquhart said.

The robber wore a black hat, with a brim, yellow scarf, dark blazer jacket, black shirt, and black gloves.

Police are asking if you have any information about who the robber might be, to call the King County Sheriff's Office at (206) 296-3311 (24 hours) or  9-1-1.