Crime

Judge lowers bond in Saucier bank robbery case, says woman needs help

Police say this women with two knives robbed the Hancock Bank in Ocean Springs on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. She also is suspected in the April 8, 2016, holdup of The Peoples Bank in Saucier.
Police say this women with two knives robbed the Hancock Bank in Ocean Springs on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. She also is suspected in the April 8, 2016, holdup of The Peoples Bank in Saucier.

A second judge has reduced bond and stipulated help for a Saucier woman accused in the robberies of two banks using butcher knives and wearing a disguise.

Brittnei Farmer, 29, faced a $100,000 bond in the April 8 armed robbery of The Peoples Bank in Saucier.

Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray cut the bond to $50,000 in a hearing at the Harrison County jail Wednesday.

Ray stipulated Farmer must seek help as a condition of her release.

“From the evidence I’ve seen, it appears she has a gambling problem,” Harrison County prosecuting attorney Herman Cox said.

Relatives have said Farmer, who was a child advocate and Sunday School teacher, had a nervous breakdown six months earlier. Her boyfriend collapsed in front of her and died, they said. The family recently asked an Ocean Springs judge to let her get help in a hearing in the Aug. 3 robbery of Hancock Bank on U.S. 90. She was arrested in D’Iberville four hours after the Ocean Springs holdup.

Her bond in that case was reduced from $400,000 to $60,000 with a stipulation that she seek a mental-health evaluation and treatment.

The charge in each case is armed robbery.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson has said detectives were unable to identify The Peoples Bank robber until pictures from the Hancock Bank holdup showed the disguise and more of Farmer’s face than her forehead.

The woman photographed in both holdups wore sunglasses, a black sweatshirt, hood or skull cap and blue surgical gloves. A scarf covered her lower face in the Saucier holdup.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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