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Florida Mother, Who Held Up Three Banks In 30 Minutes For Her Daughter’s Graduation Party, Pleads Guilty

August 29, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Florida Mother, Who Held Up Three Banks In 30 Minutes For Her Daughter’s Graduation Party, Pleads Guilty

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The daughter of a Florida mom had a graduation she won’t forget.

A Florida woman robbed three banks in a 30 minutes time span, but red smoke trailing her car from an exploded dye pack gave cops an easy trail to follow.

When Cindy Sanchez Carabeo, 50, was caught May 12, she told arresting Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies the money was for a graduation bash for her daughter, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Carabeo pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of interfering with interstate commerce by robbery in federal court. She could face up to 20 years in prison.

She knocked off three Brandon, Fla., banks less than one mile apart during her hectic heist spree around 3 p.m., from the BB&T Bank on Brandon Blvd. and Wells Fargo on Kings Ave. to the Florida Central Credit Union on Oakfield Drive.

By the time she made it home after that third robbery, within 15 minutes we had her in custody and all three bank managers were able to positively identify her,” Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Larry McKinnon told WFTS.

Carabeo, who was unemployed and in danger of losing her home, passed a note to tellers at each bank and walked away with more than $6,000, cops said.

“Should you not follow these instructions you will meet your maker,” her note threatened. “Should you not do as I say I will not hesitate to SHOOT.”

But her plans went up in smoke when a dye pack exploded. Cops scooped her up and recovered the loot.

“You know, it’s very rare that women rob banks,” McKinnon told WFTS. “This woman robbed three banks within 30 minutes. So that made it even more rare.”

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