In an unexpected turn of events, a 78-year-old woman from Missouri has been charged with attempted bank robbery. Surprisingly, this is the third time she has faced such charges. The incident took place in Pleasant Hill, a town located southeast of Kansas City. This article provides an overview of the incident and the subsequent arrest of the suspect.
The Bank Robbery Incident
On April 5, authorities in Pleasant Hill responded to reports of a robbery in progress at a local financial institution. According to the police department’s Facebook post, responding officers were provided with a description of the suspect and her vehicle. Less than two miles away from the bank, officers conducted a traffic stop and apprehended the driver, identified as 78-year-old Bonnie Gooch. Further investigation revealed evidence in Gooch’s vehicle linking her to the bank robbery.
Unexpected Actions and Consequences
According to court documents filed in Cass County, Gooch approached a teller in the bank and passed a note that read, “… is a robbery I need 13,000 small bills … thank you sorry I didn’t mean to scare you.” Surveillance video footage showed the suspect banging on the counter and instructing the teller to hurry and hand over the money without counting it. Prosecutors also noted that Gooch smelled strongly of alcohol when she was pulled over, and money was found scattered on the floorboard of her vehicle.
Prior Incidents of Bank Robbery
This incident is not the first time Gooch has faced charges related to bank robbery. As per court records, she was previously convicted of robbing a California bank in 1977. Additionally, she was involved in a bank robbery in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit in 2020. The second conviction resulted in probation, which concluded in November 2021.
Legal Charges and Current Status
Gooch is currently facing one count of stealing or attempted stealing from a financial institution. She is being held in jail on a $25,000 bond. It is worth noting that no attorney is listed for her in online court records.
The incident involving a 78-year-old woman charged with attempting to rob a bank highlights the unexpected nature of criminal activities. The circumstances surrounding the incident, including the suspect’s prior convictions, add a layer of complexity to the case. As the legal process unfolds, it serves as a reminder that crime can manifest in unexpected ways, regardless of age or background.