'Pink Bag Bandit' blames 'drug and gambling' habit for four bank robberies, say detectives


UPDATE -- Aug 23, 2018 

Jaycee Kimberling entered a plea of not guilty in King County Superior Court to Robbery in the 1st Degree.  She is being held on $25,000 bail.

KING COUNTY -- August 9, 2018

King County Prosecutors have charged Jaycee Elaine Kimberling and Kasen San with Robbery in the 1st Degree.  They are scheduled to be formally arraigned in court on August 23 rd.

According to official court documents, Kimberling who was last known to be living in Enumclaw confessed  to all of the bank robberies, claiming the motive was 'drug money, San's gambling habit, homelessness and general lack of cash'.

Kimberling is facing additional charges for the robberies in Snohomish County.  She has prior convictions illegal drugs, Malicious Mischief 2, Taking a Motor Vehicle, Theft, DUI, Reckless Driving, Theft 3 and Assault 4.  Kimberling is being held on $25,000 bail.

CAPTURED -  August 7, 2018

King County Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman linked to at least 4 bank robbers since May.   We dubbed her the 'Pink Bag Bandit' after her first robbery in Marysville on May 9, 2018.

Deputies say her latest heist was on Saturday, at about 12:43 PM at  the Key Bank located at 23900 BLK 225 WAY SE in Maple Valley.  As deputies were responding to the bank, the 911 caller told them that the woman had jumped into the trunk of what was first described as a blue Camaro being driven by a male.

Deputies began looking for the vehicle and a short time later, saw a black Camaro get on Hwy 18 eastbound.  Soon after seeing the vehicle get onto HWY 18, the description of the vehicle was updated to a black Camaro.  Deputies began checking Hwy 18 and the side roads.  A deputy checked the parking lot of Tiger Mountain summit and spotted the Camaro mixed in with the people hiking and bike riding.

A felony stop was conducted on the vehicle and both the male driver and female were taken into custody without incident.  Witnesses from the bank were able to positively identify both of them.

The 27-year-old woman from Enumclaw was booked into the King County Jail.  The 30-year-old driver from Sumner was also booked into the King County Jail.  Washington's Most Wanted is not naming the suspects until they are formally charged.

Detectives say the same woman is suspected of committing robberies Marysville, Lynnwood on May 11, 2018 and one in the unincorporated Fairwood area of King County on June 9, 2018 as well as the latest in Maple Valley.

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound says a Washington's Most Wanted viewer tip helped Marysville Police identify the suspects prior to their arrest. That anonymous tipster will receive a $1,000 cash reward.

Recognize this ‘Pink Bag Bandit?’

She's suspected of robbing banks in Marysville and Lynnwood and threatening to have a gun.

The bank cameras got great looks at her and detectives also have her on camera getting gas before her Marysville heist -- and a second suspect helping her from behind the wheel of a black Chevy Camaro. "There was an exchange between the female suspect, once she parks the stolen vehicle at the gas pumps and the suspect who is parked just next to her at the pumps, in the black Camaro. We checked with a local dealership, they believe that car to be between a 2012 and 2014,” said Marysville Police Det. Chris Jones. It's a convertible, with after-market wheels and a custom front grill guard.

Detectives say the Honda the ‘Pink Bag Bandit’ drove was stolen from the Tulalip Casino hotel and recovered soon after she hit the Washington Federal Bank in Marysville on May 9th. She's also accused of robbing the Washington Federal in Lynnwood two days later. Detectives say she used a stolen car that was later found for that one, as well.

On May 9th, before the Marysville robbery, she also went into a nearby Shell station to pay for the gas with some change you can see her lay down on the counter in the surveillance video.

With all these great looks -- someone's got to know her name. "Good, high-quality video that we have, actually, from a couple of different angles, other than just from the bank, so I do think it's very good, as far as showing the build of the female suspect, approximate heighth, her gait, the way she moves, the way she carries herself, the clothing that she's wearing is pretty identifiable, so we're hoping that the video will give us a little better idea of who she may be,” said Det. Jones.

Detectives think she's white, in her 20's, with face acne, her hair braided, wearing big sunglasses and sporting that grocery store-type bag with pink straps.

Like any bank robber we feature, a guaranteed $1,000 reward is yours if you can identify this ‘Pink Bag Bandit,’ or give detectives information on that black Camaro and the driver inside it that could lead to arrests.

Use the P3 Tips App on your smart phone, or call the hot line at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477). It’s anonymous.