Baby sitter accused of robbing bank to pay back stolen money

This booking photo provided by the Weld County, Colo., Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 shows Rachel Einspahr. Investigators say that Einspahr, who was baby sitting two children at the time, robbed a bank in Severance, Colo., on Friday, May 13, 2016, to get cash to pay back money that she stole from two northern Colorado businesses where she worked. (Weld County, Colo., Sheriff's Department via AP)

SEVERANCE, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado baby sitter is accused of using two children she was watching to help her rob a bank — a heist allegedly planned to help her pay back money stolen from her employers.

According to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Rachel Einspahr went to the drive through at the Colorado East Bank & Trust in Severance on Friday after picking the children up from school. She allegedly sent a note through the vacuum tube demanding money for a man in the back of her SUV threatening to hurt the children. The teller, believing the children were in danger, gave her $500, sheriff’s spokesman Matt Turner said.

The children were not hurt and investigators determined there never was a man in the vehicle with them.

The Greeley Tribune, citing an arrest affidavit, reported Tuesday that investigators believe Einspahr wanted to rob the bank to pay back $15,000 of the money she previously stole under a possible plea agreement. Court documents don’t list who is representing her in the bank robbery case but lawyers who have represented her in the previous cases didn’t return calls seeking comment.

According to the document, Einspahr, who is in jail, wrote the note for the teller on a side street away from the bank and removed her license plates before she went to the drive through. After the robbery, she took the children to a park so she could put the plates back on.

She is scheduled to appear in court in the theft cases on Wednesday, when prosecutors are also expected to file charges against her in the bank robbery.

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