Girl, 16, suspected of seven bank robberies in France
A 16-year-old French girl arrested in connection with a bank robbery is suspected of seven other hold-ups.28 July 2008
PARIS - A 16-year-old French girl arrested in connection with a bank robbery is suspected of involvement in a series of other hold-ups, a court official said Friday.
A judge at a court in Creteil on the outskirts of Paris remanded her in custody following requests by the prosecution.
"This minor has been remanded today and is suspected of involvement in seven thefts or attempted thefts at bank buildings in the Val-de-Marne (west of Paris) since the beginning of July," prosecutor Dominique Gaillardot said at a news conference.
Gaillardot refused to give details of how the robberies were carried out or what role the girl played.
Police said the girl was taken in for questioning on Wednesday following a robbery at an HSBC branch in Maisons-Alfort. She was found in possession of some of the stolen money. Her accomplices fled in a car when the police arrived.
There have been seven armed robberies in the region in recent weeks and police say that in all cases the robbers have followed a similar pattern.
Each time a young girl has entered alone, with her face uncovered, just like a normal customer. She has then produced a weapon and opened the security doors for her accomplices who have their faces covered with masks.
[AFP / Expatica]