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Woman robs bank on test drive to buy vehicle

She asked to be driven to a bank in order to purchase the vehicle, and robbed a Bank of America

By PoliceOne Staff

MANTECA, Calif. — A woman test driving a vehicle stopped at a Bank of America, robbed it, and returned to the car with cash, making the seller of the car behind the wheel her oblivious getaway driver.

Gail Castle knocked on the door of an elderly Manteca resident, asking if she could take his 1987 Chrysler 5th Avenue for a test drive, according to Fox 31.

The car’s owner said he would drive, in fear that she could not back the vehicle out of the driveway, and she requested he stop at a bank so she could purchase the car, priced at $2,200.

Castle returned to the vehicle with a purse full of bills, and they headed toward the man’s home to complete the purchase when cruisers surrounded them.

"I turned my left signal the other side of the cross walk here, and that’s when the sirens went off. I thought, 'what in the world is going on,'"said the man.

Castle threatened the man that she had a gun and told him not to exit the vehicle as officers ordered him to get out with his hands up.

"I thought I’d rather take a chance on her shooting me in the back," the man told police.

Police didn’t recover a weapon from Castle or the vehicle.

Castle was arrested for bank robbery, elder abuse, false imprisonment, and resisting arrest. 

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