A 29-year-old woman who robbed a Wawa convenience store in Delaware at gunpoint on Tuesday had left her one-year-old daughter in a taxi while she committed the crime! According to USA Today, the child was left inside a taxi in which her acquaintance was sitting as well. What is even more remarkable is that neither the woman’s friend nor the taxi driver had any idea that the woman had stepped out to commit an armed robbery.
Police were, however, able to arrest Amanda Paoletti, the mother of the child, after they tracked down the taxi driver who revealed where he had dropped off the robber’s acquaintance. According to Sergeant Richard D. Bratz, the robbery reportedly happened at around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday at a Wawa store in the Bellefonte area of Wilmington, Delaware.
According to WBOC, Amanda Paoletti reportedly pointed her handgun at a 19-year-old woman who was managing the counter at the Wawa store in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The young cashier had no option but to hand over all the cash she had with her. Authorities have not revealed the actual amount that was robbed from the store that day. After police arrived on the scene, the Wawa employee informed them that the robber was a woman and that she had fled in a dark-colored boxy-style minivan cab.
Upon investigation, the police officers investigating the case were finally able to track the taxi driver who revealed the address where he had later dropped the woman, her baby, and the acquaintance. It turned out that the address was where Amanda’s acquaintance lived. When quizzed by the police, the acquaintance denied any knowledge about the robbery. The police found out that Amanda was living in the same house and decided to conduct a search, at the end of which they recovered an undisclosed amount of cocaine and other narcotics in her possession.
Amanda Paoletti was then arrested and charged with with first-degree robbery, endangering the welfare of a child, cocaine possession, and drug paraphernalia possession. Upon further investigation, the police learned that Paoletti had earlier failed to post a $8,000 bail amount at the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle in connection with another case.
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