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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Las Cruces Woman Pleads Guilty To Robbing First Convenience Bank In January 2013

ALBUQUERQUE – Yolanda Boyle, 58, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty this morning to a felony information charging her with bank robbery. Boyle entered her guilty plea without the benefit of any plea agreement in federal court in Las Cruces.

During today’s plea hearing, Boyle admitted robbing the First Convenience Bank located in the Pro’s Ranch Market on Wyatt Drive in Las Cruces on Jan. 24, 2013.

According to court records, Boyle was arrested on Jan. 25, 2013, after several witnesses identified her as the bank robber. On the day of the robbery, a witness identified Boyle as the bank robber after seeing a bank surveillance photograph that had been posted on the Internet. Bank employees who viewed the surveillance photograph also recognized the bank robber as Boyle, who previously had been a bank customer.

On Jan. 25, 2013, another witness told law enforcement authorities that he went to a casino with Boyle the night before and that Boyle was in possession of a large sum of money and gave him gambling money. When Boyle was arrested later that day, she was in possession of some money stolen from the bank. During a post arrest interview, Boyle admitted robbing the bank.

Boyle, who was released on bond following her arrest, was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service after she entered her guilty plea and will remain detained pending her sentencing hearing, which has not been scheduled. At sentencing Boyle faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
The case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brock Taylor of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

Updated January 26, 2015