A mother of two told her boyfriend she needed to pop to the bank for some cash – before allegedly robbing it at gun point.
Jamilee Kus, 28, then left the bank in South Portland, Maine and jumped in the car driven by her boyfriend – without letting on what had happened inside.
Kus, from Waterville, was later pulled over by police as she drove the white Ford Explorer from New York City with her two children, aged four and 10, a friend and her stunned boyfriend.
‘We don’t think that either one of [the adults in the Ford Explorer] had a clue that she had robbed a bank,’ Sgt. Steve Webster of the South Portland Police Department told the Portland Press Herald.
She was caught after officers released surveillance footage stills of her inside the bank.
Police believe Kus, who was wearing a New York Yankees cap and large grey hooded sweatshirt, walked into the bank at around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Although she did not show a weapon to the teller, she implied that she was armed when she demanded cash, police said. Webster said she left with around $3,000.
Before the alleged robbery, she had been shopping with her boyfriend at the Maine Mall and had told him she needed to go to the bank for some cash.
She left the bank in a white vehicle, which police believe her boyfriend was driving – with no idea of what had happened inside the bank, police said – and she returned home
Busted: Police released stills from surveillance footage and members of the public called in to identify her
Arrested: She was stopped by police three days later as she drove with her two children, a friend and her boyfriend – none of whom had any idea that she had robbed the bank
The following morning, she went to New York City with her boyfriend, friend and two children.
‘How many mothers could rob a bank and then get in a car a few hours later and drive their kids to New York?’ Webster asked.
He branded her behaviour ‘brazen and calculating’.
She was caught on the Maine-New Hampshire border as she drove back from New York City after members of the public called police saying they recognised her from surveillance footage images.
Webster said she had not given a reason for robbing the bank.
Kus surrendered and is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
She has been charged with Class A robbery and Class C theft and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Her children are in her parents’ custody.