78-year-old charged with bank robbery in Missouri

Police in Missouri received a shock final week once they have been known as to a financial institution theft to discover a “little previous girl” had made off with 1000’s of {dollars}.

The Nice Hill Police Division arrested 78-year-old Bonnie Gooch on April 5 after being known as to a theft at Goppert Monetary Financial institution.

The Kansas Metropolis Star reported on Saturday that Gooch had entered the financial institution sporting an all-gray ensemble with a black N95 masks, sun shades and plastic gloves. In line with court docket paperwork seen by the information outlet, she approached the counter and handed the teller a notice which learn: “[this] is a theft I would like 13,000 small payments … thanks sorry I didn’t imply to scare you.”

A day after her arrest, she was charged by the Cass County Prosecutors Workplace with stealing or tried stealing from a monetary establishment.

Gooch is being held in custody and has a money bond of $25,000, authorities mentioned. Her arraignment is reportedly scheduled for Could 25.

Representatives for Nice Hill Police Division weren’t instantly accessible for remark when contacted by Fortune.

The Star reported that surveillance footage from the incident confirmed Gooch banging on the counter and demanding that the teller transfer quicker to provide her the cash. She allegedly instructed the teller to not depend the payments, however to “simply give it to her.”

Gooch was reportedly noticed leaving the scene in a Buick Enclave with its handicap registration quantity clearly seen. Officers have been capable of find her and pulled her over within the parking zone of a close-by veterinarian’s clinic.

Prosecutors claimed Gooch smelled strongly of alcohol, based on the Star, with police discovering a considerable amount of money on the ground of her automotive.

‘Uncommon’ age profile

Nice Hill Police Chief Tommy Wright instructed the newspaper that though Gooch didn’t have any identified well being circumstances, officers have been making an attempt to find out whether or not any underlying well being components might have been at play in her alleged crime because of her age.

He famous that he had by no means come throughout a financial institution theft suspect of Gooch’s age in his 30-year policing profession, labeling her case “uncommon.”

“When officers first approached her, they have been type of confused… It’s slightly previous girl who steps out,” he instructed the Star. “We weren’t certain initially that we had the fitting particular person.”

No gun was used within the theft, Wright added, though he mentioned the tellers have been afraid of Gooch.

The alleged incident in Nice Hill final week marks the third time prices regarding a financial institution theft have been introduced towards Gooch.

Her involvement in financial institution heists dates again to 1977, when she was convicted after a theft in California.

Extra just lately, she was concerned in a 2020 financial institution theft that led to a second conviction. She reportedly handed the teller a birthday card wherein she had written: “it is a theft.”

The BBC reported that Gooch’s probation for the second theft resulted in November 2021.

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