FBI: Woman Robbed Bank to Return to Prison

She said she was homeless, had been beaten up
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2016 7:50 AM CDT
FBI: Woman Robbed Bank to Return to Prison
This photo released by the Oregon Department of Corrections shows inmate Linda Patricia Thompson in Salem, Ore.    (Oregon Department of Corrections)

A woman who was recently released from prison in Oregon robbed a bank in Wyoming only to throw the cash up in the air outside the building and sit down to wait for police, authorities say. Investigators say 59-year-old Linda Patricia Thompson told them she wanted to go back to prison. Thompson said she had suffered facial fractures after strangers beat her at a Cheyenne park last weekend. She said she couldn't get a room at a homeless shelter and decided to rob the bank Wednesday because she could no longer stay on the streets, court records say. Officials say Thompson had been serving time at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon, for a second-degree robbery conviction until her release in June, the AP reports.

FBI Special Agent Tory Smith said in court documents that Thompson entered a US Bank branch in Cheyenne and handed a teller a cardboard note that said, "I have a gun. Give me all your money." The teller turned over thousands of dollars. Outside, Thompson threw money into the air and even offered some to people passing by, Smith stated. He added that Cheyenne police Lt. Nathan Busek said he found Thompson with a large sum of money when he arrived at the bank. "Lt. Busek asked Thompson what was going on, and Thompson replied, 'I just robbed the bank, I want to go back to prison,'" Smith wrote. (More Wyoming stories.)

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