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10 Famous Female Bank Robbers

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were well-known outlaws, robbers and criminals. The couple themselves were eventually ambushed and killed in Louisiana by law officers.
Law enforcement officials had dubbed Sylvete Phylis Gilbert the “Church Lady Bandit” as a witness said she looked like someone who had just come from church.
Heather Johnston and Ashley Miller quickly became known as the “Barbie Bandits”.
Kate “Ma” Barker was the mother of several criminals who ran the Barker Gang.
Martinez was dubbed the “Cell Phone Bandit” for chatting on the phone with her boyfriend during the heists, which netted the couple $48,620.

1. Bonnie Elizabeth Parker

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the “public enemy era” between 1931 and 1934. Though known today for his dozen-or-so bank robberies, Barrow in fact preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and committed several civilian murders. The couple themselves were eventually ambushed and killed in Louisiana by law officers. Their reputation was cemented in American pop folklore by Arthur Penn’s 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde.

2. Sylvete Phylis Gilbert

Sylvete Phylis Gilbert, 46, finally got caught after a long string of bank robberies in the Columbus, Ohio area. Law enforcement officials had dubbed her the “Church Lady Bandit” because a witness in one of her early robberies said she looked like someone who had just come from church. She was charged on 12 second-degree felony counts of robbery and 12 counts of robbery in the third degree for robbing numerous banks and businesses between January, 2006 and December, 2010.

3. Cora Hubbard

Cora Hubbard was a 19th century outlaw who participated in the August 17, 1897 robbing of the McDonald County Bank in Pineville, Missouri. Hubbard, who was compared at the time to the more prolific female outlaw Belle Starr, was one of only a handful of women who actively participated in the actual bank robbery process during that era.

4. Starlet Bandit

In just one week in April, she robbed five banks in Los Angeles County, including two in one day. Law enforcement authorities gave the glamorous nickname despite her frumpy appearance — a casually dressed, hefty woman in sunglasses, carrying a shoulder bag and holding a cell phone to one ear. In May, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told the Los Angeles Daily News that two women were in custody in the case and investigators believe that the Starlet Bandit may have actually been several women, not just one.

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