“Teenage Bank Heist” is a crime thriller that is said to be loosely based on a true story. The movie debuted on Lifetime in 2012.
“Teenage Bank Heist” is about a mother who works as a bank teller with her 18-year-old daughter. When the bank is robbed and her daughter is abducted, the police think it’s an inside job.
The biggest questions the movie seems to ask are: What would you be willing to do and how far would you be willing to go for someone you loved.?
There are various true stories involving teen bank robbers and mother and daughter teams that could possibly have inspired the movie.
March 23: Two masked men enter a bank in Texas and rob two bank tellers at the International Bank Of Commerce. According to police records, an 18-year-old bank teller named Estefany Daniela Martinez knew the man who committed the robbery. The bandit was her boyfriend 19-year-old Ricky Gonzalez. The other teller who knew about the inside job was Anna Margarita Rivera age 19. They were all found guilty and sentenced to federal prison. The plan was discovered after Ricky Gonzalez boasted on his Facebook page that he was rich. He also brandished the cash that was stolen from the bank.
Caitlin Ingham,19, and Kristopher Santillo,22, were accused of robbing three banks in 2010. Ingham lived near one of the banks. 18-year-old Kendra Sol, Santillo’s girlfriend, was found with the pair in a hotel but was later cleared of charges other than harassing a witness by telephone. The police were tipped off about the crime when Kristopher Santillo posted a photo on his MySpace page with him holding $50 bills, according to the Boston Herald.
A mother and daughter pair are arrested in bank heist. The FBI long suspected that the robbery was an “inside” job, according to News On Six. Police say Sandra Gayle Perry and her daughter Summer Dawn Perry were charged in a bank robbery in Oklahoma. Both mother and daughter worked at the same branch. The man who robbed the bank, Alan Sitsler, said his girlfriend and her mom concocted the plan.
Two twin sisters robbed a bank the Sun National Bank in New Jersey in order to save their family from losing their home and to help pay medical bills. According to the New York Post, Chelsea and Elysia Wortman robbed a bank so they could help pay the medical bills of their stepfather, who was a construction worker suffering from heart failure. The girls also learned that the family was going to lose their home. Their mother, Kathleen Wortman-Jones, helped drive the getaway car because she was concerned for their safety. The twins got away with $3,550 in cash. Chelsea and Elysia served four years in a juvenile facility. Elysia died in 2010 at the age of 22.
Leanne Janowski was a 16-year-old bank teller working along side a man named Twist. Police say that Twist devised a plan to use Leanne Janowski and other local teens to stage a bank robbery. All the teens were close friends and classmates, according to The Chicago Tribune. The bandits stole $90,000. Twist had plans to escape to Mexico. Police say the motive was that Twist needed to pay off some gambling debts. The other teens just wanted the money.
Three teen girls and a woman were arrested for a bank heist in California. The gang of girls were inspired by the movie “Set It Off” starring Queen Latifah. Virginia Marie Kay, age 33, and Amber Wood, age 20, conspired with three teenage girls to hold up a bank. The girls names are 14-year old Tiffany E. J. Sullivan and Patricia Ann Rosander and Marsha Ann Thomas both 15 years of age. Tiffany Sullivan is Virginia Marie Kay’s daughter.
Truth is, there are many teens who have been arrested for robbing banks over the last two decades. The producers also could have added elements of the true story that inspired “Held Hostage.” In fact, both movies are produced by Johnson Group.
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