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Crime Of the Week: Feb. 19, 2008

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police are trying find a woman who is stealing money from banks.

She is not an armed robber, but the results are the same.

The woman used fake identification to steal thousands of dollars from Sun Trust.

The crime was caught on tape and police hope the public can help solve it.

A Sun Trust security camera captured the woman's image while she was cashing a check at the teller's counter.

"The video in this particular bank is outstanding," said Metro police detective Jim Lambert.  "Somebody should easily recognize this person if they know who she is."

The video was captured in September at the Sun Trust Bank at 530 Murfreesboro Road.

The woman wanted to cash a check, and showed the teller her ID.

"It turns out the identification is false," Lambert said. "The teller cashed the check for her, which resulted in a loss of several thousand dollars."

Police said the woman acted like a professional. 

"We feel this person has done this before," he said. "She was very calm, cool and collected just like a normal transaction."

Police said this type of theft happens too many times to count, and it costs customers in higher bank fees.

"It results in over hundreds of millions of dollars per year lost and those costs are passed a long to the consumer," he said.

If anyone can help police solve this crime, they should call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

The information could be worth up to $1,000 if the information the caller has leads to an arrest and prosecution in the case. Callers can remain anonymous.

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