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String Of Bank Robberies In N.C., Va., Believed To Be Linked To Same Woman

Posted February 14, 2006

— Authorities in two states are now looking for a woman believed to be connected to at least five bank robberies -- the most recent occurring in Virginia.

Benson police said Tuesday that the woman, wanted for robberies in Benson, Dunn and Wilmington, is believed to be responsible for two recent robberies in Chesterfield and Roanoke, Va.

The woman in each of the robberies is believed to be in her late 20s to early 30s and to have a small build. In each case, the robber is wearing some type of hat and coat.

Surveillance photos released Tuesday by Benson police, show a woman at the Chesterfield bank dressed in a light gray fleece jacket, a black hat and jeans. In the Roanoke robbery, the woman is wearing what appears to be a dark-colored jacket with a light-colored hood.

Benson police say the woman is quiet, composed and casual and characterize her as a "fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants" type of robber.

"She'll go into the bank, pass the teller a note asking for a specific amount of cash, and then she takes back the note, gets the money and walks out very calmly," said Benson police Lt. Randy Beasley earlier this month.

Anyone with information about the identity of the woman in the surveillance pictures is asked to contact the Benson Police Department at

(919) 894-3616


(919) 894-2091



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