NEW ORLEANS—The New Orleans division of the FBI is taking on a new task this summer.
It has do with a possible serial bank robber, and not one known for busting in with mask-wearing, gun toting machismo.
The latest crime came last Saturday in New Orleans East, where the crossdresser robbed the Capital One at 5696 Bullard Avenue.
FBI agents say the handbag holding robber slipped the teller a note implying he had a gun before taking and undisclosed amount of money out the door and into the street.
He made off on foot, and the bureau doesn't think it's the first time.
He's also suspected of hitting the Liberty Bank and Trust June 22nd on Gentilly Boulevard in similar fashion.
This is the 2nd straight summer the FBI is hunting a possible repeat bank robber.
Last July was the month of the "Paw Paw Bandit", or Michael Lewallen. He was caught last August, confessed to four others and was sentenced to four years in prison last month.
Both recent robberies--the June 22nd crime in Gentilly and last Saturday's robbery in New Orleans East--happened before noon and came with very similar descriptions of the robber.
He's said to be in his thirties, under six-feet, African American and sporting a brown curly wig, handbag and blouse. He slips a note, implying he has a gun, but never shows one before getting away on foot.
If you have any information for the FBI, please call 816-3000.