Phoenix 'Ma Barker' Ran Crew of Boy Robbers: Cops
Mother used sons, pals in heists to pay her bills
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Jun 2, 2009 9:07 AM CDT
Cops say Cynthia Roberson, 51, ran a crew of adolescent robbers, including her own two sons.   (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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(Newser) – An out-of-work Phoenix mother has been arrested for organizing a gang of teenage robbers, including her two young sons, reports the Arizona Republic. The woman maintains she was merely the getaway driver, but investigators say she coached her posse to jump out of her car and pistol-whip other teens to steal cash, iPods and cell phones at least 20 times. Her 12- and 14-year-old sons have also been busted.