EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Haverhill

November 10, 2012

Wrong photo, wrecked life

Woman talks about life after bank, police release wrong surveillance photo

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“Are you going to jail Mommy?” one of them asked, Gil said.

Police have released a new photo of a person they believe used a stolen debit card to make a withdrawal from a Bank of America ATM located on Plaistow Road. Police are asking the public’s help in identifying the person in the photo.

“It was an unfortunate mistake and we acknowledge that as a result of the error she had her picture put in the paper,” Deputy police Chief Donald Thompson said about Gil.

Bank of America spokesman T.J. Crawford referred questions about the investigation to police.

“As a general rule we don’t comment on law enforcement matters,” Crawford said.

Gil’s lawyer, Thomas Torrisi of Methuen, said the release of Gil’s photo has been the source of tremendous embarrassment and hardship to her and to her family.

“She wants nothing more than to reestablish her otherwise unblemished reputation in the community,” Torrisi said.

Police said that on the afternoon of Oct. 15, a woman reported her pocketbook was missing from her car, which was parked outside Latitudes Sports Club, 3 Ferry St., Bradford. Police released the photo in hopes of identifying the suspect who used the stolen card to withdraw $502 from an ATM in Methuen, and $502 from an ATM in Haverhill.

Gil’s photo, which appeared in The Eagle-Tribune on Oct. 26, resulted in an almost immediate response from the public. Police said they received numerous calls from people who identified the woman in the photo as Gil. She was even identified by people who saw her Facebook page, where her tattoo can be easily seen.

The ordeal that consumed her days and sleepless nights began around midnight that Friday. Gil was asleep in her bedroom when her phone rang. A friend called to say her photo was online and to go see for herself.

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