The case of the cellphone-using bank robber

This crook can really multitask.

Published November 11, 2005 4:05PM (EST)

In Northern Virginia, there's a bank robber who has successfully pulled off four heists in the past few weeks without ever hanging up her cellphone.

With her cell glued to her ear, the suspect has handed notes to tellers demanding money, shown off a gun in her purse and made off with loot, the Washington Post reported today.

No one knows if there is actually an accomplice on the other end of the line. Maybe the suspect is on the listening end of an endless anecdote from a motormouth friend, and figures she should at least get some cash at the same time.

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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