Surveillance image of Cutlerville bank robbery suspect. (Courtesy: Kent County Sheriff's Department)
BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kent County man says he turned his mother into the police after realizing she was wanted for a bank robbery.
Dean Badger saw Dee Ann Sanders, 55, in surveillance pictures on the news. He says hours earlier she had given him $300 for groceries.
Badger says he was letting his mother stay with him and his three boys while she was divorcing his stepfather. He believes the motivation behind the robbery was his mother wanted to help repay expenses.
"In recent days and weeks and stuff she felt like she was really taking away from my family by staying here," Badger told WZZM 13. "She asked if she could use my car, I said sure. She took it and she was back in like 15 minutes and said 'Hey here is 300 bucks.'"
Badger says he was OK with the money until he figured out where it came from. "Do I just let it play out and let them find her, or do I do what I think is the right thing for me and call?"
He says he reported her to the police to protect his family and didn't want his boys caught in the middle.
When asked if he felt his mom would be angry with him, Badger said he will not abandon her. "I told her no matter what, I would help her out and support her whatever way I could while she was there."