The Pink Lady robber who struck at four East Coast banks including the Rehoboth M&T July 23, has been arrested and charged in North Carolina.
Circe Baez, 35, of Harrisburg, Pa., was arrested with Alexis Morales, 38, also of Harrisburg, Pa., on July 28 at the Charlotte Speedway Inn & Suites.
The FBI had been searching for the woman they dubbed the Pink Lady robber in connection with four bank robberies since July 20. The first was in Carlisle, Pa., with the second at the M&T Bank on Route 1 and Camelot Drive near Rehoboth Beach. Two robberies in North Carolina followed – one in Ayden on July 24 and another in Hamlet July 26.
A photo of a woman wearing a white tank top and blue baseball cap was released by Delaware State Police July 23 after she entered Rehoboth's M&T Bank about 10 a.m. and presented a note demanding money. The employee gave an undisclosed amount of cash to the woman who then fled. There was no weapon displayed and no one was injured during the incident, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police following the Rehoboth robbery. At the time, Jaffe said, there was no concern for public safety.
The FBI posted a wanted flyer for Baez and called her the Pink Lady because of a distinctive pink purse she carried at two of the robberies. The flyer included a photo of Baez wearing a blue baseball cap and white tank top during the Rehoboth robbery, and similar photos of her at the other robberies. FBI agents and police officers uncovered evidence at the Hamlet, N.C. robbery that identified Morales as an accomplice, said Shelley Lynch, spokeswoman for the FBI.
Baez is charged with two counts robbery with dangerous weapon and one count of felony conspiracy robbery; Morales is charged with two counts felony conspiracy robbery and one count robbery with dangerous weapon.
Both Baez and Morales were taken to Pitt County Detention Center in Greenville, N.C., and they are being held on $4 million bail.
Following the couple’s arrest in North Carolina, Jaffe said they will be extradited to Delaware and charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy.