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Stinky woman accused of string of robberies around Christmas arrested, FBI says

Surveillance video was released earlier this month of the woman who was described as being "nicely dressed" and "smelled heavily of body odor."

HOUSTON — A woman, who was caught on video going on a robbery spree the week before Christmas, has been arrested, according to the FBI in Houston.

Houston police and the FBI released surveillance video in early January in hopes of someone recognizing the woman who was described as being "nicely dressed" and "smelled heavily of body odor."

Lisa Marie Coleman, 58, was wanted in connection with at least four robberies in the same week. 

The FBI said she was arrested on unrelated charges. According to the Houston Police Department, Coleman is charged with three counts of robbery by threat and kidnapping for her alleged involvement in the spree that started Nov. 15, 2022 and lasted until Dec. 23, 2022.

Surveillance video shows her wearing a black ballcap with her blonde or gray hair tucked inside, a green camouflage mask, black coat, black pants and high heels. 

READ: Woman with body odor goes on pre-Christmas robbery spree along Westheimer, HPD says

She held up a note in each case, demanded money and tossed a light-colored bag for the cash over the counter. The woman also carried a large black tote.

Credit: Houston Police Department
Lisa Marie Coleman was arrested Jan. 20 and charged with three counts of robbery by threat and kidnapping after her involvement in a crime spree dating from November 15 to December 23, 2022, in Houston's Galleria area.

Case #1

The first robbery happened in a parking garage at the 5000 block of Westheimer at around 6 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2022.

Houston police said  Coleman approached a woman with her hand in her pocket and asked for money. The victim thought Coleman had a gun, police said. She forced the woman to drive to several ATMs and withdraw money. The woman escaped and Coleman ran, police said. 

Case #2

Coleman hit the Sonesta ES Suites in the Galleria on Dec. 19, 2022, police said. She entered the lobby of the hotel in the 5100 block of Hidalgo, walked up the counter, showed a note to the clerk that said another person was outside with a weapon, police said. Coleman told her clerk to give her the cash from the register. The clerk did, then Coleman walked out, according to police. 

WATCH: Surveillance video of 'smelly' robber at Galleria-area hotel

Case #3

The next day, Coleman robbed a sandwich shop in the 6100 block of Westheimer around 9:20 p.m. she approached the cashier, displayed a threatening note, and demanded money before she left, police said.

Case #4

On Dec. 21, 2022, Colman hit a hotel in the 5100 block of Westheimer near Sage Road around 4:50 p.m.

Case #5

On Dec. 23, 2022, the busy robber held up a bank in the 7900 block of Westheimer near South Voss Road around 5:20 p.m. She approached the teller, and again displayed a threatening note, and demanded money. 

The teller gave Coleman the money from the cash drawer. 

Credit: HPD Robbery Division
HPD and the FBI say this woman held up four businesses in or near the Galleria area the week before Christmas.

In all four cases, police say Coleman got away with an unknown amount of cash. 

They say she left the first three robberies on foot, but in the last case, she left in a dark-colored sedan.

Investigators believe she may be connected to more robberies.

Credit: HPD Robbery Division
HPD and the FBI are trying to identify a woman who robbed at least four businesses along Westheimer the week before Christmas.

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