SIOUX CITY | Two women pleaded guilty Wednesday to faking the robbery of a Sioux City bank and getting away with $10,000.
Heaven Zevenbergen, 19, and Angelica Perez, 18, both of Sioux City, both pleaded guilty in Woodbury County District Court to single counts of second-degree theft.
Both entered their pleas as part of plea agreements reached with prosecutors and each faces a potential five-year prison sentence or probation. The sentence will be decided by a judge on Feb. 10.
In pleading guilty, the women admitted to District Judge Jeffrey Poulson that they staged the robbery of Security National Bank branch at Hy-Vee, 2827 Hamilton Blvd.
Answering Poulson's questions with one-word yes-or-no answers, Perez admitted that she took possession of the money and Zevenbergen said she aided and abetted Perez.
According to court documents, Zevenbergen was a clerk at the bank, and on Aug. 15, Perez arrived at the bank in disguise and passed Zevenbergen a note demanding cash and saying she was armed. Zevenbergen then gave Perez $10,000.
Zevenbergen later admitted to police that the two had staged the robbery. Zevenbergen had been fired prior to her arrest for violation of bank policy not related to the robbery, a bank officer said in August.
As part of their plea agreement, Zevenbergen and Perez agreed to jointly repay the $10,000 to the bank.