A 78-year-old woman has been arrested by US police after she was caught fleeing from a Missouri bank with cash scattered on her car’s floorboard last Wednesday.
The said woman named Gooch allegedly walked up to the counter of the Goppert Financial Bank in Pleasant Hill, wearing plastic gloves, black sunglasses, and a face mask, and passed the bank teller a note that read;
“I need 13,000 small bills.”
“Thank you sorry I didn’t mean to scare you,” the robbery note added, according to court documents filed in Cass County.
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According to Cass County prosecutors, the woman was also caught on camera banging on the counter, pressuring the teller to hurry. Gooch allegedly also instructing the teller not to count the money and “just give it to her.”
After she was given the money, the bank robber was seen fleeing the scene in a Buick Enclave that still had its handicap registration number on display, the Kansas City Star reported.
When local officers eventually caught up with Gooch, about three kilometers down the road, they reported she smelled strongly of alcohol and had cash strewn around the floor of her car.
“It’s just sad,” Pleasant Hill police Chief Tommy Wright said, adding that the suspect had no diagnosed ailments.
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Bonnie Gooch has two prior convictions for bank robbery. According to cops, she is being held on a US$25,000 bond after she was charged with one count of stealing or attempting to steal from a financial institution.
Gooch was first convicted of bank robbery in 1977 when she tried robbing a California bank. She didn’t try to rob another financial institution for many decades until 2020 when she attempted to rob a bank in a suburb of Kansas City. Her probation for the second heist ended in November 2021.
Police were tipped off to Gooch’s 2020 heist by her son, who called them to say his mother was “off her rocker.”
Gooch’s son told officers of the law that she was angry, had a BB gun and black wig, and was saying she was going to rob a bank. About 30 minutes later, officers responded to a robbery at a Bank of the West branch.
There, an account officer told cops that a short, older woman wearing a wig entered the bank and handed her a blank birthday card with a note that read, “this is a robbery.” Not long after the holdup, Gooch’s car was located and she was arrested without incident, the Kansas City Star reported.
Wright said that the department is looking to see if any underlying health factors may have contributed to Gooch’s third bank heist attempt.
“When officers first approached her, they were kind of confused…. It’s a little old lady who steps out,” he said. “We weren’t sure initially that we had the right person.”
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