First we had the “Barbie Bandits” (more on that in a moment). But the Barbie Bandits have now been upstaged by the “Bikini Bandit.” According to the Associated Press, Morgan Haley, a 24-year-old woman from Horn Lake, Mississippi, has been arrested for carjacking and assault. Indeed, just when you think you’ve heard it all, you find out that you haven’t. If the allegations against Morgan Haley are true (and it would be hard to make it up), then she makes the aforementioned “Barbie Bandits” look like, well, girl scouts. To see a photo of Morgan Haley, the alleged “Bikini Bandit,” click on the link at the bottom of this article.
What allegedly happened is this: a bikini-clad Haley Morgan forced a woman to give up her car, and then Haley Morgan drove the stolen vehicle to an unidentified business where she told employees that she had a gun and demanded money. The employees managed to restrain Morgan Haley and called the police.
The police believe that Haley Morgan was high on drugs or alcohol when she committed the carjacking and attempted robbery.
One has to acknowledge that the “Bikini Bandit” story could have turned out to be a tragedy. What if, for example, Morgan Haley had injured or – God forbid – murdered someone during the course of her alleged crime spree?
Thankfully, no one was hurt and, unless Morgan Haley has a long criminal record, if she is convicted of the charges against her she will probably not be severely punished for her transgressions.
In fact, if she’s savvy enough, Morgan Haley may be able to extend her 15 minutes of fame. After all, people far more notorious people have kept themselves in the limelight (think Amy Fisher) after committing dishonorable acts.
But what about the aforementioned “Barbie Bandits?” They haven’t kept themselves in the public eye but their story is worth mentioning.
The “Barbie Bandits” is a term some in the media used to describe two young blonde women who, back in 2007, were arrested for robbing a bank in Acworth, Georgia.
According to CNN, female bank robbers are on the rise. In fact, about 6.2 percent of the bank robberies committed in the U.S. are by women. According to studies, women tend not to rob banks in order to support a drug or gambling habit (as do many men), but rather, women commit robbery in order to survive – to feed and clothe their children.
That may or may not be the case with Morgan Haley.
But that Morgan Haley was rocking a bikini when she allegedly committed her crimes certainly does make her story stand out from the growing number of women who commit robberies.
‘Bikini Bandit’ Suspect Charged in Mississippi Carjacking, The Associated Press
Robbing banks no longer just for guys, FBI statistics show, CNN