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Minn. Bank Robber To Repay Bank, County

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Sandra Bathke, 70, was arrested on suspicion of bank robbery. (credit: LeSueur County Sheriff's Office)

Sandra Bathke, 70, was arrested on suspicion of bank robbery. (credit: LeSueur County Sheriff’s Office)

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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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