Man Recognizes Suspected Bank Robber: It's Mom!

Dee Ann Sanders charged on Tuesday
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2013 4:09 PM CDT
Updated Jun 27, 2013 4:59 PM CDT
Man Recognizes Suspected Bank Robber: It's Mom!
Dee Ann Sanders   (Kent County Sheriff's Department)

When it comes to citizens turning in accused criminals, it's hard to top this one. A Michigan man called police to tell them that he could ID the woman seen robbing a bank in surveillance photos: dear ol' mom. Even better: Dean Badger told authorities they could find her less than a mile from the Bank of America that was hit—in his Byron Township house. Dee Ann Sanders, 53, was charged on Tuesday for the June 18 crime.

In a criminal complaint, an FBI agent wrote that Sanders confessed to the crime, which Michigan reports went down as follows: A woman clad in an American flag-adorned T-shirt demanded $2,500 from a teller via note, explaining it was needed for her kids and grandkids. She allegedly made off with $1,092, and, in Badger's telling, money did end up in her family's hands. Badger tells WZZM 13, "She asked if she could use my car, I said sure. She took it and she was back in like 15 minutes and said 'Hey here is 300 bucks.'" He says she told him it was for groceries, and speculated that she felt guilty about staying in his home as she went through a divorce; he says he turned her in to protect his three sons. (Read more Dee Ann Sanders stories.)

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