Woman gets probation for bank robbery

A woman has been sentenced for her part in a February bank robbery.

Lori J. Williams, 39, of Huntington, was sentenced Tuesday in Allen Superior Court to three years of probation for aiding in a robbery Feb. 21 of Salin Bank.

She also was ordered to complete 80 hours of community service and pay $1,394 in restitution to Salin Bank.

Another woman, Tiffany M. Whisman, 31, is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 2 and 3 for robbery and possession of a narcotic drug.

Terms of Williams’ plea agreement includes a provision to testify at Whisman’s trial.

Williams told the court Tuesday, “I want to apologize for my very bad behavior.”

Fort Wayne Police responded to the robbery at 1:50 p.m. Feb. 21 at Salin Bank, 9835 Lima Road, after a woman wearing a surgical mask, red sweater and sunglasses entered the bank and handed a teller a handwritten note demanding cash. She was given an undisclosed amount of cash and left the bank in a green car.

Officers saw a green vehicle and a woman who fit the description given of the robbery suspect in the 4400 block of Bluffton Road. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and detained Williams.

Whisman had been dropped off at the Family Dollar store just before the traffic stop. A police officer and a Fort Wayne K9 officer tracked Whisman to the rear of the store, where she was found hiding behind a large dumpster.

Whisman was detained without incident.

Williams has 119 days’ jail credit.