Monday, October 17, 2016

Man who unwittingly drove daughter to bank she robbed thought she was attending job interview

A Florida man who unwittingly drove his daughter to a bank robbery told authorities he thought he was driving her to a job interview, according to a federal criminal complaint filed on Friday. Chelsea Wilson, 24, who was arrested in connection with the robbery in Fort Lauderdale is also believed to be responsible for three other recent bank robberies in Broward County.

According to the complaint, Wilson, wearing black pants, a red wig, a hat and sunglasses, entered the TD Bank shortly before 4pm and handed the teller a handwritten note demanding money. "You have exactly one minute to give me all your $50 & $100 bills from both your drawers or I will shoot you! No dye packs, no alarms follow these instructions and no one will get hurt, act normal," the note read.

The FBI said Wilson got away with $300 in cash and walked through the parking lot. Surveillance video showed her get into the passenger side of a waiting black SUV. A wig-wearing woman also robbed a trio of Chase branches in Davie, Hollywood and Cooper City. According to the complaint, a citizen recognised Wilson as the woman from surveillance photographs of the robberies. FBI agents watching Wilson's Hollywood home saw a black Jeep Cherokee that resembled the vehicle spotted in the surveillance video.

The Jeep was registered to Wilson's father. When authorities spoke to Wilson's father in private, he told them that he had driven his daughter to a job interview and waited for her to return, the FBI said. When she returned with a large amount of cash, he thought it was advance payment for her job, the report said. Wilson admitted to robbing the TD Bank branch and the three other banks, saying she used the money to buy groceries, the FBI said. Wilson appeared in federal court on Friday morning in Fort Lauderdale to face bank robbery charges and will remain jailed at least until a detention hearing on Wednesday. .

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