Woman Pleads Guilty In Spaghetti Sauce Stickup

MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ/AP) – A 53-year-old woman accused of using cans of spaghetti sauce to simulate a bomb when she robbed a bank has pleaded guilty.

Police say 53-year-old parole absconder Ophelia A. Neal robbed a Fifth Third Bank branch in Macomb County’s Clinton Township on April 6.

Neal pleaded guilty Monday in Oakland County Circuit Court to bank robbery and explosives charges. Judge Jennifer Faunce is scheduled to sentence her Nov. 19.

Police say Neal told bank employees she had a bomb in her cloth bag and demanded money. They say she took an undisclosed amount of money and escaped in a car with a man at the wheel.

A bomb squad later scanned the bag and found the sauce.

The state says Neal has previous fraud, assault and marijuana convictions.

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