TORONTO, Oct. 5 -- The Canadian half of a Houston robbery duo dubbed 'Thelma and Louise,' because they allegedly preyed only on men, appeared in a Toronto courtroom Thursday, to have her extradition hearing scheduled for Oct. 16. Thirty-six-year-old Rose Marie Turford's court appearance was 'short and sweet,' said Detective Constable Steve Young who took part in her arrest.
Both Turford, of London, Ont., and partner Joyce Carolyn Stevens, 31, of Houston, nicknamed for the film about the cross-country crime spree of two women, are being held in Toronto. There is no date yet for Stevens' court appearance, Young said. The smiling faces of both women were plastered on the front pages of Toronto's major daily newspapers Thursday, as they were arrested on immigration charges without incident Wednesday night. Each woman is charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and kidnapping. They will be returned to the United States where they face up to 500 years in prison. In May, the pair jumped $500,000 bail in Houston on robbery charges. Stevens and Turford allegedly used a telephone dating service in Houston to meet men, whom they then allegedly ambushed at hotels or the men's homes. Police believe the pair robbed at least 10 men in Texas, and they allegedly robbed two men in Las Vegas. Investigators suspect the women may have been planning to kidnap as many as five businessmen in Canada for ransom. Since early summer, the women had been sighted in several Canadian cities, including Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal. Canadians reported seeing the women posing both as nuns and strippers. They were arrested Wednesday after a tip was received from one of the fugitives' co-workers at a Toronto telephone service. Turford was arrested at the telemarketing firm while Stevens was arrested at her apartment in a downtown seniors home.