EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Police were baffled when an arrest for Tuesday’s armed robbery at Columbus CU prompted a confession by supervisor yesterday that she stole more than $300,000 cash from the credit union’s vault since June.

The police were looking into a masked woman who dropped a fake bomb on the counter, demanded money, and fled with $11,000 with her three-year-old son waiting in the getaway car. That suspect, Jennefer Gomes, 34, was caught and charged with first-degree robbery.

When the detectives mentioned auditing the credit union, supervisor Crystal Ferreira, 26, overheard -- and confessed to the CEO and detectives that she'd embezzled at least $307,080 since June, according to police.

Both Ferreira and Gomes were arraigned in state court his morning.


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