Two Days out of the Joint, Bank Robber Strikes Again

Mary Beth Stapleton??? Doesn't she sound like the cute girl down the street or the old lady that brings you pies?? NOPE. All Lies. 

48 hours of freedom, the woman once dubbed the "Ma Barker Bandit" apparently found that old habits die hard.

Mary Stapleton, 52, was arrested Sunday and charged with robbing the Sun Trust Bank, 1409 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach the day before.

The take was $100 in cash. She made her getaway on a bus.

“She has no interest in the money,” said Lighthouse Point resident Kathy Tight, Stapleton’s sister. “She prefers prison.”

When spotted by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy at a Pompano Beach bus stop early Sunday, Stapleton was wearing the same white T-shirt and dark pants surveillance video showed she had on during the robbery Saturday morning.

In a statement, Stapleton readily admitted her crime and even provided investigators with a hand-written duplication of the note demanding money she had handed to the bank teller. “This is a holdup, put $2,000 in envelope, no dye pack,” she wrote, according to a federal complaint.

When the teller told Stapleton that the bank had just opened and she had little money to give her, the bandit replied, “Give me what you have!” investigators said.

Stapleton’s picture, taken from the Sun Trust Bank surveillance video, was widely circulated, according to the FBI. A family member saw the picture on a South Florida television station and called Crime Stoppers, authorities said.

Stapleton’s troubles began at age 22 when she had a seizure and suffered brain damage while a student at the University of Florida, according to Tight. Since then Stapleton’s 10 brothers and sisters have tried repeatedly to get her the psychiatric help she needs, Tight said.

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