NYPD’s Janitor Charged With Robbing Bank by Claiming She Had a Bomb Gets Busted Again


The New York City Police Department may very well get the award for employing the world’s messiest janitor. A custodial assistant has been arrested for the third time in less than a year—a record that includes a previous charge of bank robbery.


Calista Alston was busted Monday in the city’s Staten Island borough for drug and weapons possession, according to the New York Daily News. But the charge was just the latest in a string of incidents that started in May, when Alston was accused of stealing a co-worker’s paycheck, forging that person’s signature and trying to cash the check.

She was booked on petty larceny, forgery and possession of stolen property for that.


But even after trying to clean out her co-worker’s cash, Alston wasn’t through. Two months later, in July, the 29-year-old janitor robbed a bank in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village by claiming that she had a bomb on her.

As the Daily News reports, Alston passed the bank teller a note reading: “I have a homemade bomb, pass me your loose $50s and $100s. Hurry the fuck up.”

The custodial assistant made a clean getaway with $1,100, the Daily News notes. Prosecutors declined to prosecute a robbery case against her. If the charges didn’t stick around, though, Alston did—it turns out the bank robbery wasn’t enough to get her terminated.

She must do one hell of a cleanup job; either that or it’s damn near impossible to get fired by the NYPD.


But the latest incident may be the last strike for the corrupt custodian. Officials now say that Alston’s dismissal is pending.

Read more at the New York Daily News.

Staff writer, The Root.

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