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Woman charged in Freeland bank robbery


October 30. 2013 11:48PM

By - elewis@civitasmedia.com




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FREELAND — A woman was arrested Tuesday minutes after police allege she robbed a branch of Bank of America.


Police allege Candis Marie Nesgoda, 48, of Foster Township, ran out of the bank with two money-filled envelopes and tossed one at another woman who gave her a ride to the financial institution on Centre Street.


Nesgoda was captured when police spotted her walking in the area of Centre and Walnut streets. She was arraigned by District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township on two counts of robbery and one count each of theft and receiving stolen property. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.


According to the criminal complaint:


Police said Nesgoda entered the bank and passed a note to a teller that read “There’s a sticker on my back that will explode any gunshot.”


Nesgoda demanded $5,000, police said.


A teller gave Nesgoda an envelope containing $2,000 in $20 bills and another bank envelope with $2,000 in $100 bills and $1,000 in $50 bills, the complaint says.


Bank employees told police they recognized Nesgoda from prior banking transactions. After she was detained, bank employees identified her as the alleged robber, police said.


Kayla Fisher told police she had given Nesgoda a ride to the bank as she had done previous times. Fisher stated Nesgoda left the bank and tossed a bank envelope containing a large sum of money at her, according to the complaint.


Police retrieved one bank envelope from Fisher’s car and the second envelope allegedly from Nesgoda’s pocket, the complaint says.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Nov. 6 before District Judge Gerald Feissner in Freeland.




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