70-Year-Old Accused Bank Robber Stays In Custody

LE CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A 70-year-old woman accused of duping a man to be her getaway driver for a bank robbery has chosen to stay in jail.

Sandra Bathke is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery in the Elysian State Bank robbery Dec. 15.

The Free Press of Mankato reports she requested to stay in custody at a hearing Tuesday, rather than being released on her own recognizance because she had no place to live.

Sheriff Tom Doherty said Bathke told those who came forward, offering her a place to stay that she “won’t ruin anyone else’s Christmas.”

She’s accused of tricking the 26-year-old son of her landlord to take her to the bank because she was about to be evicted for failure to pay her rent. She allegedly made off with $3,700.

A judge last week told Bathke she shouldn’t remain in the Janesville apartment, given the circumstances.

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  • Dave Seavy

    That sort of makes me wonder if she didn’t do this on purpose. Perhaps she was about to be evicted or something – or didn’t have the money to cover expenses. Sure she broke the law big time, but I’m curious to hear the entire situation. Hopefully others who might be destitute won’t copy this as a means of guaranteed roof over their head and 3 square meals a day.

  • mark from mntaxwaste.com

    its a sad story, all around

  • Diane from Minnesota

    It’s a pretty sad day when we can not help our elderly find housing and food!!!
    Always seem to find enough money to send overseas to other poor starving, homeless people but never have enough to take care of our own. WAKE UP AMERICA…..I’m all for helping those in need but lets take care of our own FIRST!

  • D

    This poor woman needs someone to help her. I hope the judge decides to give her a break and find her housing, instead of jail. I agree with Diane from Mn. Every one wake up.

  • zee the reporter

    She can stay with me~zee reporting in!

  • T

    Sign of the times i’m afraid. We do need to take care of our seniors. Siomeday we will all be old and I know my retirement took a huge hit so basically starting over at 50. Hopefully someone that has money will help her out with a free apartment, hint, hint. If I were rich (unfortunately I’m not) I would get her a place to stay.

  • Jaen

    Amen Diane! If we would take care of the US, get on our feet again strong and healthy, think of how much more we could do to help others that need our help so badly. It starts at home folks.

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