Say What Now? Homeless Woman Robs a Bank & Hands Out Thousands of Dollars to Strangers Because She Just Wanted to Go Back to Prison


Linda Patricia Thompson, a 59-year-old woman from Cheyenne, Wyo., robbed a bank earlier this week.

When police arrived at the scene, she was sitting on the curb — patiently waiting to be taken into custody. Her motive for the crime? She simply wanted to go back to prison.

via NY Daily News:

Thompson had been released from the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility weeks earlier and, in an attempt to get back behind bars, she went to a U.S. bank branch and slipped the teller a cardboard sign that read: “I have a gun. Give me all your money.”

The teller handed Johnson thousands of dollars.

Thompson walked out of the bank, threw the cash in the air and handed some to strangers on the street, according to FBI Special Agent Tony Smith.

Johnson told police that she wanted to go back to prison because she couldn’t find a room at a homeless shelter and was struggling on the streets.

She said she had suffered facial fractures after strangers beat her up at a Cheyenne park the week before she robbed the bank.

Thompson was also homeless when she was arrested and later convicted of second-degree robbery in La Grande, Wyo., in 2010, the Oregonian reported.

She was serving time for those charges at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Ore., and told investigators before her release in June that she didn’t want to leave prison because she would not do well on parole.

We have to hand it to her — at least she tried to help other people with her crime. Someone should start her a GoFundMe.

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