Woman bank robber arrested in Chantilly, Fairfax police say
A woman who allegedly robbed a Fairfax County credit union around noon today was arrested as she left the institution, and Fairfax and Vienna police said they are investigating her for possible links to four other bank and credit union holdups in recent days.
Tellers and surveillance photos indicated that the same woman appeared to have robbed an Apple Federal Credit Union branch in Centreville on Feb. 26; a Northwest Federal Credit Union branch in Chantilly on March 2; a BB&T Bank branch in Centreville on March 9; and an HSBC Bank branch in Vienna on Saturday. In each case, a heavyset woman with a scarf or hood around her head presented a note demanding money, never showed a gun, and escaped with cash.
Fairfax police said they set up surveillance on several financial institutions in the western part of the county, and saw the woman enter the Apple Federal Credit Union branch on Centreville Road, Officer Don Gotthardt said. When the woman emerged, officers grabbed her, and employees inside the bank reported she had just robbed it, Gotthardt said.
A man who abruptly drove off from the credit union's parking lot was then followed by police, who detained him up after he fled from his car on foot, Gotthardt said.
On Monday, a heavyset hooded man robbed a Burke and Herbert Bank branch in Vienna after presenting a note but no gun, Vienna police said. Vienna Officer Don Murray said Vienna detectives planned to interview both the man and the woman about the two recent Vienna holdups.
Neither the man nor the woman was immediately charged with any robberies and so their names were not released.
-- Tom Jackman
March 16, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
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