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WASHINGTON, Nov 11, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A woman who has robbed four banks in Northern Virginia has an unusual characteristic -- talking on a cell phone the entire time.

The robber has been so engrossed in her conversations that in some cases she has barely looked at the teller handing her the money, The Washington Post reports.

Police have not determined if she is talking to a confederate, possibly a lookout, carrying on a conversation because it makes her feel more comfortable or, as one expert said, just keeping in touch with her mother. Another possibility is that the woman is using the cell phone as a prop, believing that tellers and bank customers will pay less attention to someone who appears to be busy on the phone, the newspaper said.

The woman did use a gun in one robbery, opening her purse to show it to the teller. In another case, the Post reported, she exchanged a few words with a teller and appears to have a light Hispanic accent.

The four robberies have all been at Wachovia Bank branches.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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