WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - Willoughby Police arrested a 45-year-old Mentor woman on multiple misdemeanors, interrupting her plans to rob a local credit union where she used to work.
On Friday, Oct. 30, employees at the Cardinal Community Credit Union called Willoughby Police to report suspicious activity. At approximately 4 p.m., employees told police a female entered the credit union wearing a mask that looked like a "Duck Dynasty" beard. Upon entering, she walked to the back of the credit union, where the tellers are located. The female positioned herself with her back against the wall and stared at two of the tellers, who were assisting several customers. Once the customers had completed their transactions and walked out of the building, the female also left.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3 at approximately 10:50 a.m., a Willoughby police officer was inside the credit union and observed the same female that had been seen days earlier walk into the building. The female was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, jeans, a black baseball cap with a black nylon stocking cap underneath, sunglasses, and fake, stick-on facial hair. The female also appeared to be wearing make-up on her face to further disguise herself.
The officer approached the female, who was later identified as Pamela Milliner, a former employee of the credit union.
Milliner admitted that she had planned on robbing the bank of $3,000 because of financial needs, but she had not found the courage to do so. She told police she had no plans of hurting anyone, and she would have tried to repay the credit union later.
She also admitted to being at the Cardinal Community Credit Unions in Willoughby on Oct. 30 and Richmond Heights on Oct. 31. Both branches had made police reports regarding the suspicious activity.
Milliner was taken to the Willoughby Police Department and booked on attempted felony theft, inducing panic, and possession of criminal tools. She was released from jail later that night on a $3,500, 10 percent bond.
Her first arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 12 in Willoughby Municipal Court.