78-year-old bank heist suspect: ‘I didn’t mean to scare you’

A 78-year-old woman who has twice robbed a bank is facing new charges after authorities said she handed a teller a note during a recent robbery in Missouri that said, “I didn’t mean to scare you.”

Bonnie Gooch was charged with one count of theft or attempted theft from a financial institution Wednesday during the robbery in Pleasant Hill and charged $25,000, the Kansas City Star reported. Dollar bail for jail time. No attorney is listed for her in online court records.

She also has convictions for robbing a California bank in 1977 and a 2020 bank robbery in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit. Her probation for the second robbery ends in November 2021.

Court documents in the latest case filed in Cass County say the robbery notes demanded “13,000 petty bills,” adding “thank you, sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you.” She was filmed banging on the counter, asking the teller to hurry up.

When police stopped her less than 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) away, she smelled strongly of alcohol and cash was scattered on the floor of the car, prosecutors added.

“It’s really sad,” said Pleasant Hill Police Chief Tommy Wright, adding that the suspect had not been diagnosed with any medical condition.

Associated Press

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