UPDATE “Bad Hair Bandit” Has Magic Valley Roots
A woman the FBI believes robbed as many as 20 banks throughout the west has Idaho and Magic Valley ties. Cynthia Van Holland worked as a nurse at a state prison facility where she likely met the convicted forger who investigators say drove the getaway car. The Times News also reports that Van Holland reported previous addresses in Twin Falls and Jerome and that she is a 1982 graduate of Jerome High School. Van Holland was arrested Monday after a bank robbery in Auburn, California. Authorities say she’s the “Bad Hair Bandit” who used wigs to disguise herself during bank heists in Montana, Oregon and Washington state. She was arrested with 26-year-old Christopher Alonzo, who spent time in Idaho prisons and jails on fraud, forgery and escape convictions. Investigators believe Van Holland met Alonzo while he was incarcerated at an Idaho Department of Correction facility and she worked as a nurse there for a private contractor. Alonzo remains in Idaho’s parole system. The Bad Hair Bandit earned her nickname for the variety of wigs she wore during robberies. Investigators don’t believe the pair were involved with any bank robberies in Idaho. They say most of the banks they are accused of robbing were located in Washington and Oregon.