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Georgia Mom Checked Son, Friends Out of School to Rob Bank, Say Police

Tawander Simmons, 35, of Stone Mountain allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo Bank with three teens Friday morning, police say. (Gwinnett County Jail)
Tawander Simmons (Gwinnett County Jail)

(CBS/WGCL) Three Georgia teenagers are facing armed robbery charges after the mother of one of the boys reportedly checked them out of school, allegedly so they could help her rob a bank.

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CBS affiliate WGCL reports that 35-year-old Tawander Simmons of Stone Mountain checked her son, 17-year-old Benny Brice and two other boys out of Stephenson High School on Friday morning. Police say the four then robbed a Wells Fargo in Lilburn, Ga., about 20 miles outside Atlanta.

SImmons' neighbors were shocked when they learned that the bank robber they saw on the news was their neighbor. "I can't believe[it], wait until I tell [my wife] the neighbor robbed the bank. She don't know it's the neighbor either. When I saw it on the news I said, 'Why would she get her kid in trouble'," Leroy Anderson told the station.

According to investigators, Simmons was armed with a gun when she approached a teller and demanded money. The bank's surveillance cameras snapped pictures of her, WGCL reported.

Another picture shows two of the teens entering the bank. One had his hands in his pants as if he had a weapon. Police said the second teenager did have a gun.

The trio then ran outside to an awaiting car and the remaining suspect, and were soon chased by Lilburn police.

The alleged getaway vehicle crashed into a railroad track and police arrested Simmons, her son and 18-year-old Glenn Broom and 17-year-old David Rollins.

All are charged with armed robbery.