The search is on for the peace-sign bandit-- a woman who police say may have pulled off a string of armed robberies in Rutland County. She's petite, carries a black revolver and wears a hoodie with a peace sign on it. But there is nothing peaceful about the woman who may be behind these robberies, hitting up stores for cash.
Police say a white woman, approximately 5-foot-3-inches tall, walked into the Family Dollar in West Rutland on Westway Mall Drive Monday just after 8 p.m. And she may be the same woman behind a robbery just three hours later at a Cumberland Farms store in Wallingford. In both robberies the same sweatshirt was worn.
"For whatever reason, drug-related, looking to get quick money so they can go get their next fix unfortunately," Vt. State Police Lt. Chuck Cacciatore said.
Police say a female robber isn't unheard of, but certainly isn't common.
"Most robberies of late have been men, so to have a female-- I know we've had females in the past that have gotten caught and done things like this, but of recent, I don't recall a female in our area," Cacciatore said.
Police say the woman is a suspect in four recent robberies, including one at Stewart's on Main Street in West Rutland last Wednesday. She reportedly walked in just before midnight and again displayed a firearm and demanded cash before running away. She pulled the same technique wearing a world peace sweatshirt at Nichol's General Store in Danby Saturday.
With the recent rash of robberies, police are asking people to be extra aware and cautious.
"Be the world's best witness-- don't get involved," Cacciatore said. "If you notice a car, type of car, license plate on the car-- that's wonderful. What they are wearing, what they look like, what they sound like-- that's great."
Officials say this investigation is active and if you have information, Vermont State police ask that you contact them.
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