FONTANA, Calif. — [UPDATED: 2:12 p.m., May 11] The department store parking lots of Fontana are now a little bit safer for shoppers — police have announced the arrest of the "Granny Bandit."
The suspect has yet to be identified by authorities. A news conference was scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday to release more information.
[ORIGINAL STORY 12:18 p.m., May 11]
The "Granny Bandit" has committed her fourth armed robbery in four days, according to Fontana police.
Police say the unidentified woman — whose believed age ranges from 50 to 80 — robbed a woman at gunpoint Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of a Target store.
The suspect was described as an elderly woman wearing a faded, neutral-color muumuu and a colored scarf over her face, said Fontana police Sgt. Billy Green.
This is the fourth incident linked to the "Granny Bandit," who appears to be targeting women outside department stores.
- May 11: Target parking lot, 15272 Summit Ave.
- May 10: Walmart parking lot, 17251 Foothill Blvd.
- May 9: Target parking lot, 16964 Slover Ave.
- May 8: Kohl's parking lot, 14960 Summit Ave.
On Wednesday, police released surveillance video from the May 9 robbery. In the video, the "Granny Bandit" drives up to a woman, gets out of her vehicle, leaving the car door open. After a confrontation, she hops in the car and speeds away.
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