Quincy bank robber turned in by her own father
QUINCY, Mass. (WHDH) -- Merredith Cunniff, a Quincy mother, was turned in by her own father who believes she is the bank robber seen in surveillance photos.
Neighbor John DiCarli said her dad was trying to protect her.
“He did the right thing. He had to. I would have done the same thing. You don't want to but you have to,” said DiCarli.
The 37-year-old allegedly seen at the Mt. Washington Bank in South Boston, then at the colonial federal in Quincy and again at a bank in Marshfield over the last several months.
“It was the father and uncle who came into the station suspecting that their daughter was into some type of criminal activity ‘cause they saw the pictures on the mass most wanted,” said Lt. Jeffrey Burell of the Quincy Police Department.
Police said the men positively identified her photo, then called police a few days later when she returned home. That's when she was arrested. Her alleged MO was simple.
“She just had the ball cap on, walked in and when it was her turn, walked up and asked for the money,” said Lt. Burell.
Police said she walked away with $1500 from the Quincy bank, the same amount of money she was bailed on. Although neighbors said her dad did the right thing, not everyone agrees.
“They want to be good citizens…but at the same time, it's your daughter, who does that?” said resident John Pesadis.
Investigators said that she was unarmed during these robberies but they believe she was working with someone else, an accomplice who was driving the getaway car.
She has a 13-year-old son.