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Judge jails back-seat bank robber

July 13, 2000

Judge jails back-seat bank robber



A woman who attempted to rob a Home Federal Savings Bank branch from the back seat of a cab cried Thursday as she was led away to the Washington County Detention Center.

Hollie Jean Scroggins, 19, of Hagerstown, will remain in jail without bond pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation ordered by Washington County Circuit Judge Don Beachley.

"This sounds like something from the 'World's Dumbest Criminals' show on television," Beachley said.

Around noon on Feb. 23, a woman riding in the back of a taxi with a friend and two small children passed a note through the back window of the cab at the drive-up window of the bank at 1700 Dual Highway, demanding money, Hagerstown City Police said.

The note said "Give me $3,000 or else," court records said.

When the teller showed the note to her supervisor and asked the woman for identification, the woman told the unwitting cab driver to leave as she hid her face from bank personnel, according to Lt. Gary Spielman of Hagerstown City Police.

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Bank personnel called police, who intercepted the cab on Mt. Aetna Road - after it had picked up another fare at the Comfort Inn.

For that incident, Scroggins pleaded guilty to attempted robbery Thursday.

She also admitted to one count of felony theft in connection with a November 1999 incident at the Home Federal Bank in Sharpsburg in which she leaned over a counter and took a bundle of money containing $1,000.

The maximum penalty is 15 years in prison for each of the counts.

- Marlo Barnhart

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