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Spaghetti Sauce Bank Robber Gets Jail Time

Posted at 3:44 AM, Nov 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-20 03:44:04-05
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Courtesy: Macomb County Sheriff

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. — A woman who used cans of spaghetti sauce as fake bombs to rob a bank will spend more than four years in prison.

According to The Macomb Daily, Ophelia Neal had pleaded guilty to Bank Robbery and Use of Explosives to Frighten for a robbery that occurred back in April.  That’s when Neal, 53, walked into a Fifth Third Bank in Clinton Township, and told a teller she had two bombs in her bag.  Little did the teller know that they were just cans of sauce, and Neal made off with thousands of dollars.

Police recognized her in the surveillance footage because of prior run-ins she had with the law.  She was on probation at the time of the robbery.  She was arrested and charged, and on Tuesday, was sentenced to 53 months – 10 years.  Neal was also ordered to pay $3,095 to the bank that she robbed.

In court, Neal apologized for the damage she’s done to the community and her family.  Her attorney was able to get her sentenced at the bottom third of what the charges typically carry.