NASHUA, N.H. (AP) – A woman told her niece that she decided to rob a credit union the day an airplane crashed into a Wal-Mart in Manchester, reasoning that police would be busy, prosecutors said.

Joan DiBartolo allegedly put on a blonde wig left over from Halloween, went to the Members First Credit Union and handed a teller a note saying she had a gun and wanted money. Police say she left the credit union with about $10,000 that November.

DiBartolo allegedly fled the credit union in her sister’s Jeep Wrangler, which was repossessed a month later, and they split the take, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit. DiBartolo’s sister hasn’t been charged in connection with the robbery, court records indicate. DiBartolo was arrested Monday on a federal robbery charge. Her fingerprint was matched to the note.

On Nov. 8, pilot Paul Seyler-Schmidt of Bangor, Maine, suffered a broken leg when his twin-engine cargo plane hit the roof of a Wal-Mart garden center near the Manchester Boston Regional Airport.


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