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Grandma Bandit nabbed at local motel

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“I was looking for her and I found her,” he said, adding she walked out of her room at the hotel located near the interstate without any problems. 

Sheriff Terry Ashe noted his department, along with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI worked together to bring about the arrest. He praised Gatlin’s efforts, noting, “He did a good job.”

According to a story from the Aug. 17 edition of the Crossville Chronicle newspaper, Cook reportedly went into the Cumberland County Bank dressed in golf attire, a sun visor and sunglasses, produced a handgun and left with an unknown amount of money.

The suspect left the scene in a newer model black S 60 Volvo which was found parked in front her room at the hotel in Lebanon. It had a Monroe County license plate. No one was injured in the incident.

Cook was booked into the Wilson County Jail shortly before 2 p.m., Wednesday. Investigators traveled from the CCSD in Crossville to Lebanon, and agents with the FBI’s office in Cookeville reportedly traveled here as well.

CCSC Chief Investigator Casey Cox and Investigator Jerry Jackson waited at the hotel along with detectives from the WCSD to secure the scene until a search warrant could be drawn and executed.

Ashe said there were no charges pending against Cook in Wilson County, and she was turned over to Cumberland County authorities.

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