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Homeless woman uses bomb threat to rob Somerville bank

Posted by Matt Byrne  June 28, 2012 02:00 PM

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A Somerville District Court judge ordered a 22-year-old homeless woman held on $2,000 bail, after she threatened to blow up the East Cambridge Savings Bank on Highland Avenue during a robbery Wednesday morning, according to court records.

Officers were called to the bank at 284 Highland Ave. about 10:40 a.m., after a woman approached a teller and handed her a note.

"Help me save our lives theirs (sic) a man out side (sic) with a detonater (sic) he will blow me up if I don't come out with all your $5's $10's $20's," the note said, according to a police report. "No dye pacs & don't any alarms or he will hit detonator."

She fled on foot, and was spotted by witnesses, who reported to police a woman who matched the robber's description walking on a path near Lexington Park. When police approached her, the woman said "I didn't do it," according to police.

Police identified her as Crystal Lynn Geary. During an interview, officers noticed cash protruding from an inside pocket of a jacket she was carrying, according to a police report.

"I didn't go into the bank, the other girl did it," she told the officers, according to the police report. "It wasn't me the other girl did it."

Geary was arrested after a bank teller positively identified her on the scene.

Wedged between pages 78 and 79 of the Tom Perotta book, "Bad Haircut -- Stores of the Seventies," officers found two packs of $5 bills, each worth $200, and a money wrapper with the bank's name on it, they said.

In all, police recovered $1,541 of the $2,072 stolen.

She was ordered held on $2,000 cash bail by Somerville District Court Judge Neil Walker. Geary is due back in court July 9 for a probable cause hearing.

Matt Byrne can be reached at mbyrne.globe@gmail.com.

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