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A female suspect who authorities dubbed the “purse-packing bandit” pleaded no contest on April 27 to 11 felony charges filed in connection with nine bank robberies and two attempted bank robberies in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the Wilshire, Fairfax and Los Feliz districts.
The defendant, Brianna Kloutse, 47, of Los Angeles, faces 14 years and four months in state prison when she returns to court for a sentencing hearing on June 30.
She remains in custody at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Century Regional Detention Facility pending sentencing.
Kloutse was arrested on Aug. 22 following a robbery at a Citibank branch in the 8400 block of Wilshire Boulevard. Authorities had been searching for the suspect since the robberies began at a Citibank branch in West Hollywood on Oct. 20, 2012.
Kloutse was dubbed the purse-packing bandit because she carried large handbags during the hold-ups. She also wore a wig and either claimed she had a handgun in her purse, or displayed a gun to tellers. No injuries occurred during the robberies.
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau, the FBI and the Beverly Hills Police Department.
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