Elderly woman uses AIDS threat to rob Colorado bank: police

DENVER Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:51am EDT

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DENVER (Reuters) - A woman robbed a Colorado bank by passing a note saying she would infect a teller with AIDS if the clerk didn't hand over money, police said on Friday.

Jeff Satur, spokesman for the Longmont, Colorado police department, said detectives are searching for a pale woman between the ages of 55 and 75 with a "boney build."

Satur said a woman, who was wearing a train conductor's cap and a gray sweat shirt, walked into a Wells Fargo bank inside a Safeway grocery store on Thursday night and handed a note to a teller.

"She indicated she had AIDS and would give it to a teller if she didn't cooperate," Satur said.

The woman coughed frequently into a blue bandana during the robbery, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Satur said.

Police and the FBI released still photographs of the robbery and are reviewing additional photographs and surveillance video from the bank's parking lot to try and identify the suspect.

She is described as about 5-feet 6 inches tall, and weighing between 130 and 150 pounds.

No weapon was displayed during the robbery and no one was injured, police said.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Jerry Norton)

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Comments (4)
RMRCal wrote:
They gave her the money?

Jun 13, 2011 1:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
woofda9 wrote:
I believe tellers are are required to hand over money when there is any threat regardless of the nature. That being said though, this is where common sense is thrown out the window. It should be beaten into everyone’s brain that ya can’t get AIDS from coughing! Millions spent on HIV education and still ignorance persists. The teller would be at risk for real if the dumb granny had said she had TB instead!
I wonder if Granny really was a Daddy in drag–conductors cap? Sounds butch to me!

Jun 14, 2011 1:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
roccotool wrote:
Either that was an inside job, or the teller was as dumb as a sack of wet mice.

Jun 14, 2011 2:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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