A 27-year-old New Jersey woman has been indicted after allegedly robbing a Hillsborough bank in December. She has been charged with one count of first-degree robbery, one count of cocaine possession and one count of heroin possession.
According to authorities, the defendant entered a Chase Bank on Route 206 on Dec. 10 wearing a baseball hat. She reportedly handed the teller a note demanding money and claiming she was armed. After the teller gave her an unspecified amount of money, she fled the scene on foot.
Police located the defendant, who lives in Montgomery, a short time later. They allegedly found money from the robbery and small amounts of heroin and cocaine in her vehicle. At a January bail hearing, her lawyer said she suffered from bipolar disorder and a drug problem that was exacerbated by the recent end of a romantic relationship with a local police officer. She had been clean from drug use for six years but had relapsed after the relationship failed. A judge agreed to lower her bail from $100,000 to $75,000 on the condition she enters a treatment facility that can treat both her addiction and psychological disorder.
Anyone facing theft or drug crimes may wish to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney could examine the details of the case and recommend potentially appropriate legal defense strategies. When an alleged crime is connected to a defendant's alcohol or drug addiction, a lawyer may be able to negotiate with prosecutors to lower the charges in exchange for the defendant's participation in a treatment program.
Sources: Nj.com, "Montgomery woman indicted on robbery, drug charges," Alex Napoliello, Feb. 12, 2015
Nj.com, "Montgomery woman robbed Hillsborough bank, prosecutor says," Alex Napoliello, Dec. 11, 2015