Wasilla woman arrested following Tuesday robbery attempt in Eagle River

62-year-old woman arrested after handing over robbery note


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Anchorage police and the FBI responded to an attempted robbery Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Wells Fargo branch in Eagle River. The bank briefly closed, but reopened shortly after 3 p.m.

Star photo by Matt Tunseth

A 62-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with a robbery attempt at the Eagle River Wells Fargo branch.

According to FBI special agent Eric Gonzalez, Theresa Ann Blackmore, of Wasilla, walked into the branch shortly after 1 p.m. on Jan. 31 and handed a teller a note demanding money. When the teller did not comply, Gonzalez said Blackmore became frustrated and exited the bank. No one was harmed in the incident, and Gonzalez said he wasn't aware of any threats made by Ms. Blackmore.

APD spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said surveillance footage from inside the bank showed an older white woman dressed in a white knit hat and heavy black coat and carrying a black purse and a cane walking up to one of the tellers. Parker said the woman left after the unsuccessful robbery attempt in a red compact car.

Gonzalez said Blackmore was apprehended a short time later in Wasilla by the Wasilla Police Department and later identified by bank employees as the woman who had handed over the note.

Wells Fargo communications officer David Kennedy confirmed the robbery attempt, and said no money was taken.

Kennedy said that by 3:15 p.m. the branch had resumed its normal operations.

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