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‘Sorry to scare you’: Granny, 78, is world’s most polite bank robber

A 78-year-old woman with two past bank robbery convictions faces new charges as authorities in the US allege she handed a staff member a note that said “I didn’t mean to scare you” during a recent heist in Missouri.

Apr 12, 2023, updated Apr 12, 2023
Bonnie Gooch. PHOTO: PLEASANT HILL MISSOURI POLICE DEPARTMENT/FACEBOOK

Bonnie Gooch. PHOTO: PLEASANT HILL MISSOURI POLICE DEPARTMENT/FACEBOOK

Bonnie Gooch is jailed on $US25,000 bail after she was charged with one count of stealing or attempting to steal from a financial institution in the hold-up in Pleasant Hill, The Kansas City Star reports.

She was convicted of robbing a bank in California in 1977 and one in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit in 2020.

Her probation in the second heist ended in November 2021.

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Court documents filed in Cass County in the latest case say the robbery note demanded “13,000 small bills”, adding, “Thank you sorry I didn’t mean to scare you.”

Surveillance video also captured her banging on the counter, asking the staff member to hurry, Cass County prosecutors say.

She smelled strongly of alcohol when officers stopped her less less than three kilometres away, with cash scattered on the car’s floorboard, prosecutors say.

“It’s just sad,” Pleasant Hill police chief Tommy Wright said, adding the suspect had no diagnosed ailments.

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