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Trial date scheduled for bank robbery suspect

Published: Mar. 25, 2015 at 8:43 PM CDT|Updated: Jan. 13, 2016 at 1:38 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Starlene Delacruz, 32 pleaded not guilty to robbing a Lubbock bank Wednesday afternoon. U.S. Marshal's escorted Delacruz into federal court for her arraignment.

Police say she robbed the Prosperity Bank at 82nd and University on March 13. Investigators say she approached one of the tellers claiming she had bombs set up around the bank that would detonate if they didn't give her money. The teller did as she was told and police say Delacruz made off with about $1,900 in cash.

Later that afternoon investigators say Delacruz took some of that money to Damron Motorcycle Company, a local car dealership, and tried to buy a car. That is when an employee there recoignized her from surveillance pictures released to the media earlier that day, and they called police.

Officers went to the dealership and arrested Delacruz. She has been at the Lubbock County Detention Center since her arrest.

If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  A trial date has been scheduled for August 17th.

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