86-Year-Old Woman Placed on Probation After Pleading Guilty in Bank Robbery

Emily Coakley (Philadelphia Police Department)
Emily Coakley (Philadelphia Police Department)

An 86-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a bank robbery has been placed on a year’s probation for her crimes.


And, no, this is not a story about famed international jewelry thief Doris Payne, whose penchant for shoplifting is well-known across the internet.

According to the Associated Press, 86-year-old Emily Coakley entered pleas to lesser charges of possession of an instrument of crime and simple assault to secure her probation, while the other charges, including robbery and theft, were withdrawn.

In November, Coakley, who uses a walker, strolled into a TD Bank in Philadelphia with a handgun and demanded $400. Not because Coakley was any common criminal. According to the district attorney’s office, Coakley took such drastic measures because she believed that the bank had shorted her the money ... and really, you can’t mess with people’s money like that.

Prosecutors cited the elderly woman’s health issues and the fact that the gun was empty as reasons to settle on the nonreporting probation.

Read more at the New York Post.

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The getaway and police chase must have been something to see.