Community, family and flip flops help catch Lebanon bank robber -

Community, family and flip flops help catch Lebanon bank robber

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By Eric Lorenz By Eric Lorenz

( -- A Lebanon, Illinois woman has been charged in a criminal complaint with one count of bank robbery.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced if Carla Walker, 43, is convicted she could face a maximum of sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, or both.

She will face no more than three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

Walker pleaded guilty to her charges and the United States Attorney is asking she be held without bond pending a trial.

According to authorities, on March 26th, Walker entered the First Federal Savings Bank wearing bright green flip flops around 4:30 p.m. She then handed the bank teller a note demanding money.  Walker then pulled an apparent handgun out of her bag and pointed it at the teller continuing to demand money.

Reports suggest Walker obtained between $14,000 and $16,000 before telling the teller to get on the ground.  Walker claimed a second person was poised outside the bank with a gun pointed at the entrance.

Members of the community and a family member were able to identify Walker from the bank surveillance video.  Upon searching Walker's home, officers found pair of bright green flip flops in the trash.

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