She made bank heists look like a hard day’s work, cops said.
Lynette Broussard, 46, of Fremont, allegedly wore a construction hard-hat and orange reflective vest while robbing at least seven banks in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties since 2008, authorities said.
Acting as if she’d just come from a grueling day at the job site, the apparently safety-conscious crook passed bank tellers notes demanding cash and threatened to have a gun, cops said. A gun was never seen.
Broussard was apprehended without incident on Aug. 31 in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood, according to Daly City police.
In a San Mateo County courtroom Tuesday, she pleaded not guilty to charges connecting her to three bank robberies within the county, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Sixty cops from three counties collaborated to track down Broussard, who police dubbed the “Construction Worker Robber.” Her mug was caught on surveillance video in some of the spate of robberies that she allegedly carried out this past summer, cops said.
She is suspected of heists in Belmont and Burlingame in 2008. She was not identified after those robberies and apparently took a two-year hiatus, police said.
She allegedly struck again last summer with bank robberies in Belmont, Daly City, Millbrae, San Jose and Newark, authorities said.
Broussard’s attorney has asked for more time to review police reports in the case against her. She remains in custody on $500,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 5, prosecutors said.