Legendary jewel thief Doris Payne isn’t the only woman at 86 years of age pulling off heists. A couple months ago, 86-year-old Emily Coakley pulled one off, too, by robbing a bank. Today, she is breathing a sigh of relief after a court ruled that she will only serve probation for the crime.
On November 21, Coakley felt as though a West Philadelphia bank had shorted her $400. She entered the bank with her walker and a revolver. She demanded that the tellers she approached give her $400. She didn’t escape, though. Police were on the scene immediately and arrested her.
According to Philly’s FOX 29, Coakley pleaded guilty to lesser charges of possession of an instrument of crime and simple assault. More serious charges, including robbery and theft were withdrawn. She was given a year of probation. Prosecutors noted her health issues and the fact that the gun was not loaded as factors in the plea deal for non-reporting probation.
Watch the original report of Coakley’s robbery below: