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Alleged Manhattan Cat Woman Robber Collared in SoHo

By DNAinfo Staff on August 26, 2010 8:24am  | Updated on August 27, 2010 6:16am

By Yepoka Yeebo

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — A woman who allegedly robbed upscale boutiques while wearing cat mask was arrested by police in SoHo on Wednesday, according to several reports.

Shanna Spalding, 28, was picked up by police after she allegedly held up a boutique with a gun on Greene Street, police said.

Spalding lives in Astoria, Queens, and sings with a Bronx-based death-metal band called Divine Infamy, using the stage name Purgatory.

The alleged Cat Woman was charged with two counts of robbery for the heist in SoHo and a June robbery in Astor Place.

The robberies gained notoriety when police released wanted posters featuring a woman in a cat mask. Surveillance footage of one of the crimes showed a woman dressed in an all-black outfit and a cat mask robbing the Arche shoe store in Astor Place in June.

A robber wearing a cat mask has been on the prowl around stores in Manhattan and Queens.
A robber wearing a cat mask has been on the prowl around stores in Manhattan and Queens.
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After browsing, the woman handed the teller a note. "Give me your money. I have a gun," the note read, according to police.

Spalding was charged in two Manhattan robberies, but she is a suspect in several others in Manhattan and Queens, police said.

Police allegedly noticed Shanna Spalding, 28, of Queens who was dressed in a burqa, and followed her into a Greene Street boutique.
Police allegedly noticed Shanna Spalding, 28, of Queens who was dressed in a burqa, and followed her into a Greene Street boutique.
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