Bonnie Gooch is a seventy eight year old woman from Missouri who has been charged with attempting to rob a bank
According to police reports Bonnie Gooch would walk into the Goppert Financial Bank in Pleasant Hill Missouri and handed the teller a note asking for $13,000 in small bills and would sign off the note by saying ‘Thank you, sorry I didn’t mean to scare you’.
Bonnie Gooch would make it to her vehicle and start driving away before she was pulled over by police and placed under arrest. The arresting officer noted cash spread around the car and that Gooch smelled of alcohol
Now this is not the first time that Bonnie Gooch has been arrested for robbing a bank as she has two prior convictions from 1977 and 2020. The last of which she was put on probation
Bonnie Gooch News
A 78-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with theft after police caught her fleeing from a Missouri bank with cash scattered on her car’s floorboard on Wednesday.
Bonnie Gooch has two prior convictions for bank robbery, and her recent arrest suggests that the third time isn’t always the charm. She is being held on a US$25,000 bond after she was charged with one count of stealing or attempting to steal from a financial institution.
Gooch allegedly walked up to the counter of the Goppert Financial Bank in Pleasant Hill, wearing plastic gloves, black sunglasses and a face mask, and passed the bank teller a note that read, “I need 13,000 small bills.”
“Thank you sorry I didn’t mean to scare you,” the robbery note added, according to court documents filed in Cass County.
Surveillance video also captured her banging on the counter, asking the teller to hurry, Cass County prosecutors said. Gooch allegedly told the teller not to count the money and “just give it to her.”
After she was given the money, the bank robber was seen fleeing the scene in a Buick Enclave that still had its handicap registration number on display, the Kansas City Star reported.
When local officers eventually caught up with Gooch, about three kilometres down the road, they reported she smelled strongly of alcohol and had cash strewn around the floor of her car.
“It’s just sad,” Pleasant Hill police Chief Tommy Wright said, adding that the suspect had no diagnosed ailments.
Bonnie Gooch was first convicted of bank robbery in 1977, when she held up a California bank. She didn’t try to rob another financial institution for many decades until 2020, when she attempted to rob a bank in a suburb of Kansas City. Her probation in the second heist ended in November 2021.
Police were tipped off to Gooch’s 2020 heist by her son, who called them to say his mother was “off her rocker.”
Gooch’s son told police that she was angry, had a BB gun and black wig, and was saying she was going to rob a bank. About 30 minutes later, officers responded to a robbery at a Bank of the West branch.
There, a teller told police that a short, older woman wearing a wig entered the bank and handed her a blank birthday card with a note that read, “this is a robbery.” Not long after the holdup, police located Gooch’s car and she was arrested without incident, the Kansas City Star reported.
Wright told the paper on Friday that the department is looking to see if any underlying health factors may have contributed to Gooch’s third bank heist attempt, calling the situation, and the suspect’s age, “unusual.”
He told the Kansas City Star that officers were surprised when they tracked down Gooch’s vehicle after the robbery.
“When officers first approached her, they were kind of confused…. It’s a little old lady who steps out,” he said. “We weren’t sure initially that we had the right person.”
Gooch’s arraignment is set to take place on May 25.