Witch robs two banks in U.S.

A woman dressed as a witch robbed a bank and vanished in the smoke of an exploding anti-theft dye pack, then apparently reappeared in street clothes and held up another bank, police said. The Halloween holdups were less than an hour apart at bank branches in Olympia and the neighboring town of Lacey, authorities said.

The first robbery was reported when a woman wearing a shiny purple witch hat, cloak and long blond wig handed the teller a note indicating she had a weapon and demanding cash, Lacey police Lt. Phil Comstock said.

As the woman ran from the bank, a security dye pack in the bundle of cash exploded and she dropped the money and her hat, authorities said.

Olympia police later received a silent alarm from a bank branch where witnesses said a woman handed the teller a note and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money, the AP says.

Investigators were comparing images from surveillance cameras, but from witness descriptions "it looks like the same lady," Detective Samuel Costello said.


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