Police in Cornelius say a woman called in a bomb threat to a local YMCA to distract officers as she robbed a bank on the other side of town last week.
Authorities said Monday that Milandra Constant has been charged with robbing the Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union on West Catawba Avenue and making a false bomb threat to the YMCA on the east side of town. Constant was described as an accomplice in the robbery.
“Police suspected this bomb threat was a diversion to pull police officers away from the area of the robbery,” the Cornelius Police Department said in a news release.
The robbery happened on Dec. 29.
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A few minutes after the bomb threat, police say Constant walked into the bank, pointed a gun at a teller, demanded money and left on foot. Officers found a bicycle and some cash behind a nearby shopping center. Witnesses said a silver minivan had been parked in that area.
Police used video surveillance to identify the minivan, which they say was also near the bank during the robbery. They linked the vehicle to Constant, who investigators say is from Maryland, where she was being held Monday.