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Female Bank Robbery Suspect, Companion Arrested In Tenn.

Posted February 16, 2006 9:59 a.m. EST

— A man and a woman wanted in connection with a string of bank robberies in three North Carolina cities were arrested in Nashville early Thursday morning, Massachusetts authorities said.

Late Tuesday, Dunn authorities announced that they were looking for Marion Barringer, who is believed to be in several surveillance photos and videos of bank robberies in Dunn, Benson and Wilmington -- and most recently Virginia.

Barringer and her male companion, Patrick Mackey, were arrested at about 4:30 a.m. at a hotel in Nashville.

Authorities in Shrewsbury, Mass., where it is believed the two also robbed banks, said detectives were in Charlotte earlier this week exchanging information with police and the FBI when they collected possible evidence from a U-Haul trailer that Barringer and Mackey had rented, but abandoned.

That evidence led investigators to Nashville, where a police officer spotted a car in which the suspects were believed to be traveling. The car was parked outside the Knights Inn hotel, where the suspects were staying.

Officers surrounded the hotel room and ordered them out. Barringer and Mackey surrendered to police without incident.

Barringer and Mackey are also suspects in numerous other robberies through the New England states.

Nashville authorities said they thought the couple were just traveling through Nashville and that no banks there were targets.

Authorities describe the woman in surveillance photos as quiet, composed and casual. She would pass a teller a note asking for a specific amount of money, take the note and money, and walk out.