Rockland woman charged with two bank robbery attempts in Cambridge

A Rockland woman is facing charges after attempting to rob two Cambridge banks on Tuesday, fleeing both without taking any money, police said.

Jessica Whalen, 35, pleaded not guilty today in Cambridge District Court to two counts of attempted unarmed robbery, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said. She was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail.

Whalen was also ordered to stay away from the institutions — Citibank and Eastern Bank — and ordered not to take drugs and to undergo random drug screenings, a district attorney’s spokeswoman said.

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Cambridge police said the first incident occurred at around 1:30 p.m. when a female entered a bank on Massachusetts Avenue, passed a note to the teller, and fled without any money or showing a weapon, police said. Citibank is located on Massachusetts Avenue.

According to police spokesman Dan Riviello, the note said, “Please, no joke, no dye packets or alarms, no attention, just $2,500 in 50s, 20s, and 10s. I’m sorry.”

Then, around 3 p.m., police responded to a report of another attempted bank robbery, this time on Alewife Brook Parkway, where Eastern Bank is located.

A female matching the description of the other suspect entered the bank, passed a note to the teller, and fled without any money or showing a weapon, police said.

Police said they found Whalen in the area of the second attempted robbery and arrested her.

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