Cell Phone Bandit Robs Fourth Bank

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Apparently there’s a crazed bank robber running amok in my neighborhood, whose disguise is that she looks like a normal bank customer. From The Washington Post:

When it comes to multitasking, it’s hard to beat the woman who can rob a bank and never interrupt her cell phone conversation.

In an act of either incredible cool or something much more sinister, a young woman has robbed four Wachovia bank branches in Northern Virginia in recent weeks, all while seemingly immersed in cell phone chats, police say. In the most recent holdup, on Nov. 4 in Ashburn, video footage shows the woman to be almost uninterested as a teller hands her a stack of cash, and she continues talking on her phone as she turns and walks out of the bank

“This is the first time that I can recall where we’ve had a crime committed while the person was using a cell phone,” said Loudoun County sheriff’s spokesman Kraig Troxell, echoing comments by officials from other law enforcement agencies. “The question would be whether anyone is on the other end of the line or not.”

…The cell phone bandit first struck in Vienna on Oct. 12. A woman in her twenties with dark hair, about 5 feet 2 to 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 120 to 130 pounds, walked in carrying a box and talking on a cell phone. She moved directly to the teller counter and displayed the shoebox-size box, which had a note taped on it demanding cash. Police would not disclose the wording of the note.

As in the other cases, the robber exchanged few or no words with the teller, because she apparently was busy talking to someone else. She scooped up the cash, started walking and kept talking.In the last robbery the woman, who looks like a typical suburban soccer mom, actually flashed a gun. Even so she hardly looks like much of a criminal…

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