‘Bombshell bandit’ pleads guilty to bank robberies in Utah, other states

ST. GEORGE – A California woman appeared in the federal district court in St. George Monday, pleading guilty to a string of bank robberies that began in California and ended when she was apprehended by law enforcement following a foiled attempt to flee the scene after robbing the US Bank on Bluff Street in St. George last year.

Sandeep Kaur, booking photo, circa August 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Mesquite, Nevada, Police Department, St. George News
Sandeep Kaur, booking photo, circa August 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Mesquite, Nevada, Police Department, St. George News

Sandeep Kaur, 24, of Union City, California, appeared before Magistrate Judge Robert T. Braithwaite and pleaded guilty to four felony charges of bank robberies that occurred during summer 2014.

Each bank robbery charge carries a potential 20-year prison sentence, federal prosecutor Paul D. Kohler said.

Two of the robberies occurred in California, with another occurring in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, at a Wells Fargo Bank. In each case, the suspect in the case, described as a woman, gave a bank teller a note demanding money with the accompanying threat of a bomb. Nicknamed the “Bombshell Bandit,” the FBI began looking for her after the first bank robbery in Valencia, California, committed June 6, 2014.

The suspect, later identified as Kaur, entered the US Bank at 791 S. Bluff St. in St. George on July 31, 2014, according to court records. Witnesses said she was wearing a dark hoodie, large dark sunglasses and a surgical mask and dark-colored pants at the time. She handed a teller a note demanding money on threat of being shot. The teller complied and Kaur left the scene.

Kaur proceeded to flee the scene in a Nissan sedan. The car’s description was relayed to police by witnesses and was subsequently located by a St. George Police officer traveling southbound on Interstate 15 near Exit 4.

A chase ensued and Kaur did not stop until mile post 92 on I-15 in Nevada. She refused to leave the car which resulted in an hour-long standoff that ended with the woman’s surrender. Kaur was taken into custody by the Mesquite, Nevada, Police Department.

Kaur is scheduled to be sentenced April 7.

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9 Comments

  • Scorp January 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    “Bombshell”? more like a bomber.

  • mo ferguson January 13, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Sandeep was knee deep in sand as she was handcuffed along side the freeway. First you have a former NASCAR race driver from California thinking he was being escorted to Colorado by law enforcement. Then you get this from California thinking she is a modern day Bonnie (minus her Clyde) committing a string of bank robberies in 3 western states. Refusing to exit her car when she is finally stopped, possibly wishing she had a gun to shoot it out with police…..ala Bonnie style. What is in the water in California….sheesh.

  • Koolaid January 13, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Meanwhile, an employee in Utah who embezzles hundreds of thousands of dollars gets a slap on the wrist sentence for his robbery.

  • ladybugavenger January 13, 2015 at 11:31 am

    The water isn California is full of lead and the water in Utah is koolaid.

    • mo ferguson January 13, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Thank God for beer…..hehehe…

      • One for the road January 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm

        Always time for a cold one

    • koolaid January 13, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      In the bible, Jesus turned water into wine. In Utah, Jesus turned water into koolaid.

  • IN THE GAME January 13, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Bombshell lol, if I had a dog that ugly I’d shave it’s butt and make it walk backwards.

  • One for the road January 13, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Dang tweekers

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