Woman Chats On Cell Phone While Robbing VA Banks


In what the Washington Post calls “an act of ther incredible cool or something much more sinister,” a woman has robbed four Northern Virginia banks while seemingly immersed in cell phone chats. In one case last week, video footage shows the woman almost uninterested as a teller hands her a stack of cash, and she continues talking on her phone as she 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. Tellers have not been able to hear much of the conversations. The chat from the robber’s end was mainly a bunch of “okays.”

One theory is that the robber is talking to a lookout. Or she could be using the phone as a prop. “Is she talking to someone,” Troxell said, “or using it to make herself look less noticeable or nonchalant as she approaches the teller?” Fred Desroches of the University of Waterloo in Canada, who interviewed 80 bank robbers for a book, categorized robbers as either aggressive or covert. Because the cell phone robber falls into the latter category, he doubted she was talking to a co-conspirator. “You don’t really need a partner” to quietly rob a bank, he said, “you don’t get that much money, and then you have to split it.” He added: “maybe because she’s a woman, she feels less secure physically, and by talking to somebody, it makes her feel secure.” Or “maybe she’s talking to her mother.”

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/10/AR2005111002009.html

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