Minn. Bank Robber To Repay Bank, County


LE CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A 70-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to robbing a south-central Minnesota bank has been ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution.

The owners of Elysian State Bank claimed they were owed $7,800 as a result of Sandra Bathke’s robbery last December. But Bathke’s attorney and an assistant Le Sueur County attorney agreed on $1,500 in restitution. About $215 will be paid to Le Sueur County to cover towing and other costs. The remaining $1,285 will be paid to the bank.

Bathke was driven to the bank Dec. 15 by an unsuspecting getaway driver — the son of Bathke’s landlord. Bathke pleaded guilty to second-degree bank robbery in January and was placed on 15 years probation.

The Free Press reports a deadline for payment was not set during Tuesday’s hearing.

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  • markH

    I’m sorry, but that woman has a face that would make a train take a dirt road.

    • kindness?

      Ahhhh….What a kind thing to say. She is 70, not 20. What does her face have to do with anything?

      • Hugh Jorgan

        Well, the only thing I can think of regarding what her face has to do with it, is maybe she’s upset that the sex-change surgery didn’t quite go the way she planned, years ago, and she needed some money to try and fix the situation… heh.

  • Dave Seavy

    I have to wonder where the bank came up with their dollar figure. Could it be they are factoring in the cost of being shut down during the initial investigation, etc? For all the trouble the woman put them through, she got off very lightly. Hopefully other 70 year-old women won’t take this as a sign that advanced age will give you pretty much a free pass on bank robbery. She should also have to buy the landlord’s son a tank of gas. That would really up the ante.

  • Robert

    I have to wonder how much the bank has made in income by loaning out the funds of other elderly customers at an average of what 5% while paying them close to nothing on their deposits. That’s legal, not robbery but I think when you consider this woman was at the end of her rope facing homelessness while the bank officers and owners are living plush from the earnings of other elderly and likely fixed low income families…I think they could have sucked it up a bit and gave her a pass. No, instead now that she is probably homeless, lets make her pay some of her social security to the bank because God forbid they have to close down for a few hours so one of their managers can track down this dangerous criminal.

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