Man robs mother at drive-through ATM in Peabody
PEABODY, Mass. (WHDH) -- A man entered a mother’s van and demanded money as she was withdrawing money from a drive-through ATM in Peabody. The mother’s two daughters were also in the van.
“I was (shaking) like crazy,” said Monica, the mother.
The young mom, who didn’t want her full name publicized, had her two girls, 3-year-old Natalia and Olivia, who is almost two, in the back seat of the family van during a trip to the ATM at a Bank of America in Peabody last week. She said a desperate man jumped in the front passenger side door and robbed her as she made a withdrawal.
“I said, ‘What are you doing here?’” said Monica. “He said, ‘I need $500’.”
Monica told the man a fib in hopes he would have pity on her and leave her and her children alone.
“I’m a single mother and I have two kids. He put his face down and said ‘I’m sorry. I need the $300’,” said Monica.
Monica said the 33-year-old Gloucester man, who has a long history of drug-related arrests, finally settled for $200 after she showed him the balance on her receipt. She used her ATM card to take out an extra $200 to give to the suspect.
“He started crying,” said Monica. “I said, ‘That’s not fair -- I have two little girls’.”
The man got away, but turned himself into Peabody police the next day.
Monica’s husband is upset. He feels the bank’s security is lax.
“She could be in the dumpster right now. Those two beautiful children,” said Monica’s husband. “Somebody’s supposed to watch those cameras and see a very unusual situation.”
Bank of America did not comment on the incident because of the ongoing investigation.
The suspect will return to court Tuesday for a dangerousness hearing. He faces three felony counts.