Cops: Babysitter Robbed Bank to Pay for Her Other Crimes
Rachel Einspahr of Colorado allegedly claimed a gunman was holding two kids hostage as she demanded cash from a teller. Police accuse her of knocking off the place so she could pay restitution for forgery.
A nanny is accused of using the children she was watching to rob a bank in order to pay for previous crimes.
Rachel Einspahr of Greely, Colorado was already facing charges on 30 counts of forgery, identity theft, and felony theft when police say she drove a white SUV up to a drive-through teller’s window at Colorado East Bank & Trust in Severance on Friday. Einspahr, 28, allegedly slipped the teller a note that said, “Do not sound alarm. The man in the very back wants $100’s and $50’s no dye packs or trackers he has a gun on my kids.”
Einspahr told a detective she needed the money “to pay $15,000 up front as part of her restitution/plea deal,” according to an affidavit filed by police in court. (She also faces identity theft charges in another city.)
Einspahr allegedly wrote company checks to herself while she worked as an office manager for two local businesses, the Greeley Tribune reports. She allegedly stole $11,561 from Benchmark Custom Homes and $21,385 from the Greeley Guest House between August 2014 and January 2015. Einspahr used the money in part to pay off a dental bills and a collection agency, the Tribune reports.
Reached by phone, the corporate office said the two companies are connected and they have no comment at this time.
When police responded to the robbery call, they didn’t see a gunman on security footage—but they did see Einspahr’s vehicle and tracked it back to her house. That’s where she was watching a 7-year-old and an 20-month-old during her stunt at the bank, according to the affidavit. As a result, Einspahr has been charged with two counts of child abuse as well.
Police interviewed the older child, confirmed they’d driven through the bank drive-through earlier that day, the affidavit said. There was no man in the car, the child said.
Police say she eventually confessed to planning and carrying out the robbery, after first taking the children to a gas station to buy them candy. Einspahr is expected in court as early as Wednesday.