A man and woman charged with staging a bank robbery to obtain money to repay funds the woman had stolen from the bank face up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court.
Without waiting for an indictment, William M. Bradigan, 34, and Heather M. Davey, 28, both of Frontier Avenue, Niagara Falls, entered guilty pleas to second-degree grand larceny in the Dec. 9 heist from an automatic teller machine at the First Niagara Bank branch on River Road in North Tonawanda.
In addition to possible prison time, each will be ordered to pay restitution of $34,290 as compensation for Davey's thefts. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza is scheduled to impose sentences April 3.
Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Seaman said $71,000 was recovered Dec. 12 after Bradigan was arrested in a Tampa, Fla., casino.
Davey, a teller at the bank, had been swiping cash from the machine, Seaman said.
Police said that Bradigan initially tried to win enough money to repay her thefts by gambling at a local casino. When that failed, the two came up with the idea of staging a robbery.
Seaman said Bradigan, armed with what might have been a fake gun, confronted Davey and another teller in the parking lot, forced the women back into the bank and compelled them to open the back of the cash machine.
Seaman said Bradigan left the two women tied up and fled to Florida with the money.
Davey initially told police a masked man had kidnapped her at her home, forced her to drive to the bank and let him in.
Police said she had called the other teller, asking her to come to the bank and turn off the alarm.
Davey was arrested the night of the robbery.
The co-worker, who didn't know Bradigan and wasn't in on the scheme, was not charged.