- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 20, 2005

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A woman is being held for investigation in four bank holdups, including one on Halloween in which a robber dressed as a witch vanished in the smoke of an exploding dye pack, police said.

Parts of a witch costume were found at the apartment of Vanessa D. Molina, 22, and she had red ink under a fingernail, which she told investigators was from the dye pack, police Detective Samuel Costello said.

Miss Molina was arrested at the apartment last week, along with her boyfriend, Donald E. Jefferson, 36, police Cmdr. Tor Bjornstad said.

The October holdups included two within an hour Oct. 31.

In the first Halloween heist, a woman wearing a purple witch hat, cloak and long blond wig was running from a Washington Mutual branch in Lacey when a dye pack inserted by the teller went off across the street. The robber fled, leaving behind the hat and the money.

Less than an hour later, at a Washington Mutual branch in Olympia, a woman in a blue hooded sweat shirt with black pants handed the teller a note and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.

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