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Police release surveillance photos in 2 attempted robberies

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:50 p.m. HST, Oct 25, 2012

There were attempted robberies at two different Oahu banks this week and police are looking at the possibility that the same woman may have committed both crimes.

At about 3 p.m. Wednesday, a woman walked into the Ala Moana Shopping Center branch of Territorial Savings Bank and tried to enter an area restricted for tellers, police said. When she demanded money and stated she had a weapon, she left when confronted by a bank employee.

The woman is described as in her 20s, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds and having brown eyes. She was wearing a gray jacket, gray pants, dark gloves and a black nylon net on her hair.

At about 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, a woman walked into the Wahiawa branch of First Hawaiian Bank, approached a teller, stated she had a weapon and demanded money, police said. She left the California Avenue bank when she was approached by the bank manager and asked to leave.

Police did not offer a detailed description of the suspect in the second case. But Sgt. Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers said the woman has “the same description” as the suspect in the first case.

Police are looking at the possibility that the same woman committed both crimes, Buffett said. In neither case did the woman leave with any cash, she said.

Anyone with information on either incident or both incidents is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on a cellular phone. Free cell calls are provided by AT&T, Nextel Hawaii, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless Hawaii, Mobi PCS and Hawaiian Telcom. The public also send anonymous tips via text or the Web. Text “CS808” and a message to 274637 or CRIMES.

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