Des Moines Woman Busted As ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Bank Robbing Bandit

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On Tuesday (Jan. 11th), Kent Police arrested Kristin K. LeClaire, a 53-year-old Des Moines woman who was suspected in as many as 15 bank robberies in the area, and who became known as the “Mrs. Doubtfire” bandit because witnesses were unsure whether she was a woman or man.

LeClaire is believed to be responsible for as many as 14 other bank robberies in the area, including the Sterling Savings Bank last April in Burien (read our report on that here), a Key Bank in West Seattle, along with others in Auburn, Kirkland and Des Moines.

The woman was arrested following a robbery at the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union on SE 240th Street in Kent last Tuesday. Employees and witnesses were able to write down the license plate number of the car she drove, and later police pulled her over and arrested her.

The suspect has been booked into the King County Jail, where she’s been charged with first-degree robbery in connection with the Kent bank heist. LeClaire is slated to be arraigned Jan. 27th at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, with bail set at $250,000.

One police officer said in a report that LeClaire had a “strong odor of alcohol” coming from her mouth and probably had been drinking before the Kent robbery. LeClaire allegedly replied with “I’m not drunk but I did need a little liquid courage.”

The FBI received a search warrant and conducted a search of the woman’s home, where they allegedly found evidence linking her to the bank robberies last year.

Here are surveillance photos released by the King County Sheriff’s Department that we first posted last April:

These are from the West Seattle robbery on April 5th:

“Never believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want!” states LeClaire on her apparent Facebook Page.

Also, rather ironically, BTB Reader (and apparent visionary) Rob left this Comment on our original April story:

Wouldn’t the KCS department, FBI and SPD be wrong if the bank robber turned out to be a real woman??? Where is the CSI when you need them???

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