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Suspect in 7 Arizona bank robberies arrested in Mississippi

PHOENIX — Authorities said a woman suspected of robbing seven banks in Arizona over a three-month span last  year has been arrested in Mississippi.

FBI officials in Phoenix announced Wednesday that 33-year-old Miranda Maloney was taken into custody late last month by FBI agents and Gulfport, Mississippi police officers.

Miranda Maloney (Photo: Gulfport Police Department)

Authorities nicknamed Maloney the “Grimace Bandit” because she would wear a purple shirt and a purple scarf during some of the robberies. No one was physically injured during the robberies.

Maloney is accused of robbing three banks in Phoenix and one each in Tucson, Marana, Goodyear and Yuma between Sept. 30 and Nov. 4.

The FBI didn’t immediately release any additional information on the robberies or Maloney’s Dec. 23 arrest.

According to the Gulfport Police Department, Maloney was arrested for being a fugitive from justice after she was found panhandling in Mississippi.

She is also suspected of robbing multiple banks in Alabama and Louisiana.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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