Police question suspected apron-wearing bank robber

Source: Safe Streets Task Force
Source: Safe Streets Task Force
Source: Safe Streets Task Force
Source: Safe Streets Task Force

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

CORDOVA, TN (WMC-TV) - After spending days under the radar, an apron-wearing woman wanted for robbing a Cordova bank was in police custody Friday.

The woman was wanted for taking over $12,000 from a Regions Bank on Germantown Parkway early Tuesday morning.  Surveillance cameras at the bank captured clear pictures of the woman as she robbed the bank while wearing an apron.

Moments later, Lynette Hill tried to walk into the same bank - wearing an apron.

"A cop stopped me and asked me where do I work at," Hill said Friday.

Hill works less than a block away, at Carnival Food, a restaurant she owns and operates.  Hill said she often cooks behind the protection of an apron, but she does not rob banks, something she had to explain to authorities during 10 minutes they spent questioning her.

"It was a little bit scary," she said.

Friday, investigators said they believe they have the real apron-wearing bank bandit in custody. Though she has been questioned, she has not been charged.  However, a police report lists only one suspect - Stacy Denise Cotton.

Hill, who makes two deposits at the bank each week, said she doesn't know Cotton, and is glad she wasn't mistaken for her in the heat of the moment.

"She had just robbed the bank two minutes before I pulled up, so they couldn't gunned me down," she said.

Stay with Action News 5 for updates on this story.  If you have information that could help investigators, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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