FBI Seeks Clues in Nabbing ‘Butterfingers Bandit’

A fumble-fingered bank robber tried to make off with a bundle of cash at a J.P. Morgan Chase Branch in Houston on Monday morning.  Just as the woman pivoted away from the teller, surveillance video captured her dropping the loot.

According to the FBI, people inside the bank heard her utter an expletive before she scooped up the cash up and made a clean getaway.

Bank surveillance cameras catch images of a woman the FBI has dubbed the "butterfingers bandit," in Houston, Oct. 3, 2011.

Special Agent Shauna Dunlap said it seems to be par for the course in Houston.

“We’re seeing a decrease in bank robberies in the area this year, however we’re seeing an increase in less-sophisticated robbers like the butterfingers bandit,” Dunlap said.

Prior to demanding cash, surveillance video shows the woman waiting patiently in line.

“She blended in and she was dressed pretty normally,” Dunlap said.

Once it was her turn, she handed the teller a note and placed her purse on the counter with her hand inside, insinuating that she had a weapon. The teller gave the woman an unspecified amount of cash, which Dunlap refused to disclose, citing FBI policy.

“Typically though, robbers get away with less than the reward that is being offered,” Dunlap said.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the woman, who is described as a  black female, between 5’3?-5’6? and weighing 200 lbs. She was wearing a New Orleans Saints cap titled toward her face, pants and a long sleeved blouse at the time of the robbery.