Poway Mom Makes Bail

Roxanne Pennock accused of four bank robberies

By Eric S. Page and Tony Shin
|  Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009  |  Updated 11:18 AM PDT
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A neighbor who didn't want to be identified said Pennock and her family have been in big financial trouble in the past few months.

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Mother of Five Robbed Banks: Cops

Officers say Roxanne Pennock,37, of Poway may have robbed several banks in Southern California including two in the North County.
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A mother of five accused of a series of bank robberies is out of jail, according to law enforcement officials.

Roxanne Pennock, 37, is suspected of robbing at least four banks in Southern California, including two in North County.

Pennock was able to post $25,000 bail last Friday and was released, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. She was in court in Murrieta on Tuesday and is due back in court on Dec. 17, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune.

F.B.I. agents said on Friday that Pennock is a suspect in the armed robbery of a San Diego National Bank on Poway Road and a U.S. Bank on Scripps Poway Parkway. Both banks were robbed in October.

Earlier on Friday, Temecula police spotted a red minivan traveling southbound on Interstate 15. The van matched the description of a vehicle used in a robbery at a Chase Bank on Temecula Road.

Officers pulled over the vehicle just south of state Route 76.  Pennock was driving and investigators said evidence linking her to the robbery was found inside the minivan.

Investigators believe Pennock may also be responsible for last month's robbery of a Bank of America in Temecula.

"It was sort of a head smacker -- we didn't predict that at all," said neighbor Thomas Leete last week. 

Leete lives across the street from Pennock.  

"We would never have suspected this," he said.

Another neighbor who didn't want to be identified said Pennock and her family have been in big financial trouble in the past few months.

Leete sympathized with Pennock.  

"I'm sure she was feeling some kind of real desperation and maybe this was her only option," Lisa Leete said.

Pennock's husband declined to comment about the allegations.

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