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Mother robs 3 banks in 30 minutes to pay for daughter’s graduation party

By Mason White 11:36 AM August 30, 2015
Cindy Sanchez Carabeo 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested after robbing 3 banks in 30 minutes, police in Florida said.

The woman was quick to rob three banks in the space of half an hour, but she was arrested within 15 minutes after police were called.

Police said that officers followed the red smoke behind her car, which came from the red dye packs that exploded after she got the money.

When 50-year-old Cindy Sanchez Carabeo was arrested, she told the Hillsborough County Sheriff deputies that she needed the money for her daughter’s graduation party.

Carabeo pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with interstate commerce by robbery in federal court. She could face up to 20 years in prison.

Carabeo robbed the BB&T Bank on Brandon Blvd., Wells Fargo on Kings Ave., and Florida Central Credit Union on Oakfield Drive, in broad daylight around 3:00 p.m.

Carabeo, who was unemployed and in danger of losing her house, passed a note to the teller in each bank, saying that she had a gun and demanded money.

She walked away with more than $6,000 – which was recovered when she was arrested, police said.