Police say that a 46-year-old woman was taken into custody after she tried to rob the Leominster Credit Union in Worcester on Dec. 26. According to authorities, the woman demanded in a note that a female teller put an undisclosed amount of money inside of a bag. Witnesses say that the woman, a resident of Worcester, yelled at the teller while gathering the funds.

Reports indicate that the woman was detained by police after collecting the money and attempting to flee the scene. She was charged with unarmed robbery. No one was injured during the theft despite several people being in the credit union at the time of the alleged theft. The money was recovered by police and returned to the bank.

If convicted of theft, an individual could face penalties such as a fine, probation or jail time. In some cases, limited or full restitution may be part of a sentence. However, talking to a criminal defense attorney may make it possible to avoid some or all of those penalties. Depending on the facts of the case, an attorney may attempt to get the charges thrown out or reduced before or during a trial.

An attorney may also ask for a plea bargain in the case. It may also be possible for an individual to ask for a plea on his or her own. If a plea is granted, some or all charges may be dropped or a suspended sentence may be imposed. A suspended sentence generally allows a defendant to avoid penalties if he or she can stay out of further trouble. However, the sentence may be reinstated if any terms of the plea are violated.

Source: WCVB, “Alleged Worcester bank robber arrested during robbery attempt“, December 28, 2014