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Woman, Accomplice Confess To String Of Bank Robberies, Police Say

Posted February 21, 2006 12:42 p.m. EST

— A woman and man arrested last week in connection with a string of bank robberies in North Carolina, Virginia and several other states have confessed to the crimes, Benson police said Tuesday.

Marion Barringer and Patrick Mackey were arrested outside a Nashville, Tenn., hotel last week after authorities tracked them to Tennessee from North Carolina.

A woman who appears to be Barringer was photographed in a number of surveillance cameras in bank robberies in Benson, Dunn and Wilmington, as well as Roanoke and Chesterfield, Va.

Last week, authorities found an abandoned U-HAUL trailer in Charlotte that the couple had rented, and traced them to Nashville, where authorities there found the car they were traveling in outside a hotel.

Barringer and Mackey were taken into custody without incident.

They are also wanted on charges in New England, and could be extradited first to Shrewsbury, Mass., where it is believed the two also robbed banks.

Benson police said Tuesday they will hold arrest warrants for the two, who are charging each with one count of common law robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit common law robbery.

Benson authorities said, however, that it is likely that all state charges could be combined into a federal charge if and when the FBI takes over the cases.