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Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
Photo Credit: Maywood PD

EXCLUSIVE: A Paterson woman who authorities said confessed to robbing five area TD Bank branches with her boyfriend — including those in Elmwood Park, Fair Lawn and Maywood — was brought before a judge in Hackensack today.

In four of the holdups, 30-year-old Samantha Simone Dixon drove the getaway car for her boyfriend, 28-year-old Lamont Moseley, an indictment returned by a Bergen County grand jury alleges.

PHOTOS (here, above): Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

Dixon also pulled her own job, and was recorded on surveillance video taking an estimated $1,200 in cash from a Maywood Avenue TD Bank branch on March 27, authorities said, adding that Moseley was waiting for her and they took off together.

Two other robberies occurred in Haledon and Totowa. Both were TD Bank branches, the same as in Bergen County.

Moseley also confessed to a December 2011 robbery of a Paterson branch, authorities said.

Defense attorney N.W. Gray told Superior Court Judge Edward A. Jerejian that he expects additional bank robbery indictments out of Passaic County will be returned against his client and that U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark might take the cases federal.

All told, the couple are accused of taking more than $10,000. Both were arrested as they emerged from their River Street apartment in Paterson on May 29.

An indictment charges them with a Feb. 26 robbery of $2,800 from the TD branch on River Road in Fair Lawn and a March 15 holdup of a TD branch on Midland Avenue and Market Street in Elmwood Park, as well as the Maywood robbery.

Moseley, who the indictment says threatened tellers in the Fair Lawn and Elmwood Park heists, remained held on $100,000 bail, and Dixon on $75,000 bail, in the Bergen County Jail.

Working closely with Fair Lawn and Hackensack police, Maywood detectives first pegged Dixon, Maywood Detective Sgt. Timothy Moran told CLIFFVIEW PILOT in May.

“We thought there might be a boyfriend-girlfried connection there,” he said.

Samantha Dixon, Lamont Moseley (MUGSHOTS: Maywood PD)

The investigators eventually identified Moseley, who fit the description of a 6-foot, 170-pound man who wore a hoodie and dark cap while robbing the other banks.

The 6-10% of all bank robbers who are women believe they’ve chosen a “fairly safe kind of crime to commit in terms of personal risk,” said Robert McCrie, a professor of security management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.

Some get nicknames, which experts say help keep their images in the public eye — from the glamorous “Starlet Bandit” who robbed a California bank to Atlanta’s giggling “Barbie Bandits” to the “Cell Phone Bandit,” who hit four banks in Virginia while talking on her cellphone several years ago.

Police told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that Moseley and Dixon were caught so quickly that no one even had time to give them nicknames.

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CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter Mary K. Miraglia contributed to this story

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