TAMPA, Fla. – A Florida mother faces up to 20 years in prison after she robbed multiple banks this spring to finance her daughter’s graduation party and cover rent.
Cindy Sanchez Carabeo, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with interstate commerce by robbery in a plea deal with prosecutors last week, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Carabeo robbed three banks within a half hour in May and made off with about $6,000 before police got the signal – a ruptured die pack emitted red smoke from her vehicle as they tracked her car to an apartment complex.
The three robberies took place at 3:19 p.m., 3:35 p.m., and 3:40 p.m. on May 11, the day after Mother’s Day. They included BB&T Bank, Wells Fargo and the Florida Central Credit Union, according to the news site.
“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 WPTV.
“You know, it’s very rare that women rob banks …,” he added. “This woman robbed three banks within 30 minutes. So that made it even more rare.”
Carabeo allegedly robbed the banks by sliding a note to the tellers threatening them with death.
“Should you not follow these instructions you will meet your maker,” one note read, according to the news site. “Should you not do as I say I will…