Babysitting bank robber headed to prison after using children in attempted heist

Rachel Einspahr told police she needed the money

A Colorado babysitter is facing six years in prison after she used two children she was supposed to be caring for as pawns in an attempted bank robbery.

In May of 2016, Rachel Einspahr picked the children up from school before heading to the drive through at the Colorado East Bank & Trust in Severance, CO.

There, she misled the bank tellers into believing that she and the children had been taken hostage by a man demanding money.

According to CBS Denver, Einspahr allegedly sent a note through the vacuum asking for money, purportedly for a man in her car. The note reportedly read, “Do not sound alarm. The man in the very back wants $100s and $50s….he has a gun on my kids.”

Weld County Sheriff’s spokesman Matt Turner told CBS Denver that the teller handed over $500 because she believed the children were in danger.

Einspahr was tracked by police to a park nearby. She later admitted there was no man in the van threatening the children, who were not hurt in the ordeal. She said she attempted to steal the because she needed to pay restitution after she was accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from former employers.

According to The Greeley Tribune (, Einspahr told investigators she had been trying to help raise $15,000 she owed as part of a plea deal in connection to 31 felony charges of theft, identity theft and forgery. From August 2014 to January 2015, she was an office manager for Benchmark Custom Homes and the Greeley Guest House and allegedly wrote company checks to herself totaling $11,561 from the home builder and $21,385 from the guest house.

On Friday, Einspahr was sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections and ordered to repay $33,000 in restitution.


Photo: Weld County Sheriff’s Office