Man recognizes mom in bank robbery surveillance photos, turns her in to authorities

Man recognizes mom in bank robbery surveillance photos, turns her in to authorities

Dee Ann SandersA Michigan man can claim to be an upstanding, law-abiding citizen, though he’s not likely to win a son-of-the-year award any time soon. The man, whose name is being withheld, recognized the woman in surveillance photos of a bank robbery as his mother. He phoned the police not only to reveal the crook’s identity but her location — in his home in Byron Township.

MLive reports that Dee Ann Sanders, 53, was indicted Tuesday, June 25, on charges that she robbed a Bank of America branch a week earlier. She is to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids on Thursday.

Surveillance photos showed a woman wearing a bright red T-shirt with a large American flag on the front.

Shortly after the photos were released to media, the son and several other callers identified Sanders as the robber, FBI special agent Adam Van Deuren wrote in a criminal complaint. Police found her near her son’s house on Festival Drive SW, less than a mile from the bank robbery.

Sanders admitted to robbing the bank during an interview with the FBI and a Kent County sheriff’s detective, Van Deuren wrote, adding, “Sanders further stated that she was stressed about problems with her husband, causing her to have crack-cocaine addiction-related urges.”

According to a statement from the teller who was approached by Sanders, she presented a note announcing the robbery and demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She made off with $1,092, court records indicate, a difference of nearly $1,500.

But the real $1,500 is whether she feels proud of her son for turning in a bank robber. If nothing else, she can take solace from knowing she raised him right.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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