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Woman pleads to string of 2015 bank holdups

Dominique Polani has admitted robbing this Bank of the West branch on Manzanita Avenue in Carmichael on July 9, 2015.
Dominique Polani has admitted robbing this Bank of the West branch on Manzanita Avenue in Carmichael on July 9, 2015. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Dominique Polani, the unmasked bandit jailed in a string of Sacramento-area bank robberies last summer, will serve six years in prison after pleading no contest to the spree Friday in Sacramento Superior Court.

Polani, 23, was notable for her nondescript manner, baseball cap, thick horn-rimmed glasses and lack of a disguise as she walked up to tellers’ windows armed only with a note demanding cash.

She managed to take money from five bank branches, holding up Bank of the West, Citibank and Chase Bank locations in Carmichael, Rosemont and the Arden Arcade area July 1, 9, 14 and 15, 2015, before her arrest last July near Bakersfield.

She faced five counts of second-degree robbery in connection with the holdups.

As part of a deal with Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office prosecutors, Polani pleaded no contest to two of the five counts against her. Polani will receive a five-year term on the first count and an additional year on the second when she is sentenced March 25 before Superior Court Judge Jaime Román.

Polani is being held at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center near Elk Grove pending her sentencing.

Throughout the months-long case, defense attorney Marcus Wiggins maintained Polani was coerced into the walk-up heists by a boyfriend, at one point calling her “an unwilling participant in this entire enterprise.”

Investigators said tips on social media and bank cameras’ surveillance footage led to Polani’s arrest.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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