HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — A 78-year-old woman with two prior bank robbery convictions faces new charges after authorities allege she handed a teller a note reading «I didn’t mean to scare you» during a recent bank robbery. Missouri.
Bonnie Gooch is jailed on $25,000 bail after she was charged with one count of robbery or attempted robbery of a financial institution in the heist Wednesday in Pleasant Hill, The Kansas City Star reported. No attorney is listed for her in online court records.
She was also convicted of robbing a California bank 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.
Court documents filed in Cass County in the most recent case said the theft note called for «13,000 small bills,» adding «thanks, sorry, didn’t mean to scare you.»
Surveillance video also caught her banging on the counter, telling the cashier to hurry up, Cass County prosecutors said.
She smelled strongly of alcohol when officers pulled her over less than 2 miles away, with cash scattered on the floor of the car, prosecutors added.
«It’s sad,» Pleasant Hill Police Chief Tommy Wright said, adding that the suspect had no diagnosed ailments.