FBI Phoenix
Jill McCabe | Brooke Brennan
(623) 466-1999
January 3, 2018

Grimace Bandit Suspect Arrested

On December 23, 2017 officers from the Gulfport, Mississippi Police Department, along with FBI agents, arrested Miranda Maloney, 33, who is believed to be the "Grimace Bandit."

Maloney is a suspect in seven bank robberies throughout Arizona between September 30, 2017 and November 4, 2017, including:

  • 9/30/17 Chase Bank 2950 W. Peoria Ave. Phoenix, AZ
  • 10/6/17 BMO Harris Bank 2839 W. Bell Rd. Phoenix, AZ
  • 10/9/17 MidFirst Bank 14130 W. Indian School Rd. Goodyear, AZ
  • 10/18/17 Mountain America Credit Union 805 E. Thunderbird Rd. Phoenix, AZ
  • 10/24/17 Tucson Federal Credit Union (inside Fry’s) 12100 N. Thornydale, Marana, Arizona
  • 10/31/17 Hughes Federal Credit Union 971 W. Wetmore Rd. Tucson, AZ
  • 11/4/17 Wells Fargo 2507 S. Avenue B, Yuma, AZ

The Grimace Bandit earned the nickname because the suspect wore a purple shirt and a purple scarf during some of the robberies.

No one was physically injured during the bank robberies.

The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force would like to thank the Gulfport Police Department. We would also like to thank the Arizona Department of Public Safety laboratory, the Phoenix Police Department, the Goodyear Police Department, Tucson Police Department, Yuma Police Department, and Marana Police Department. As always, we would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance with this case.

Maloney has been charged in a criminal complaint, filed in federal court. A complaint is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for Arizona at http://www.azd.uscourts.gov/ or on PACER https://www.pacer.gov/

The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force is comprised of the Phoenix Police Department, Scottsdale Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.