Babysitter uses children to rob bank, deputies say

A babysitter in Colorado faces charges after sheriff's deputies say she used the children under her care to fake an abduction and rob a bank.

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A teller working a drive-thru window at Colorado East Bank & Trust in Severance gave 28-year-old Rachel Einspahr cash on Friday after she passed the teller a note that said there was a man in her car who was demanding money, the Weld County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. She wrote that he was threatening to harm her two children, who were also in the car, authorities said.

"The bank teller, under the assumption that lives were in danger, gave her $500," according to sheriff's deputies.

Authorities secured the bank shortly after the robbery. Deputies canvassed the area and spotted a white Nissan SUV similar to the one used in the robbery parked outside a nearby home.

Investigators said they determined Einspahr lied about the man in order to get cash from the bank. The two children in the SUV were not hers. She was babysitting them at the time of the robbery. They were not harmed.

Authorities charged Einspahr with one count of robbery and two counts of child abuse.

She remained behind bars Tuesday, according to Weld County Jail records.