Friday April 26, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- A Bellows Falls woman has pleaded guilty to robbing a Brattleboro service station last year.

Amber Monty, 33, agreed to a three- to 10-year prison sentence as part of her plea to larceny from a person in connection with the Feb. 26, 2012 robbery at a Canal Street Gulf station.

The deal also means Monty no longer faces charges from a bank robbery last year in Bellows Falls.

"As part of the plea agreement, the state dismissed the changes from the bank robbery," said David Gartenstein, Windham County deputy state’s attorney.

According to a court affidavit, Monty told Brattleboro police that she and her boyfriend, Gerald Clough, woke up at Clough’s home in Swanzey, N.H., the morning of the Gulf station robbery.

The couple "needed some money because they were both dope sick (heroin)," police wrote.

Monty also claimed Clough encouraged her to rob a business, saying that "if she loved him then she would do this" and also threatened both her and her kids.

The couple discussed robbing J.C. Penney or Hannaford in Keene, N.H., but they instead ended up in Brattleboro and happened upon the Gulf station, police said.

Monty went inside. The store’s surveillance system captured her saying the following, according to a court affidavit: "This is a robbery, I have a gun, give me everything in the register, this is not a joke, give me everything, empty it."

Monty later told police that she thought she walked away from the store with about $476, though she complained that Clough took it all.

Clough last year pleaded no contest to aiding in the commission of the robbery.

He and an accomplice, Chad Dustin of Keene, also have entered guilty pleas in connection with the robbery of Peoples United Bank on Atkinson Street in Bellows Falls on Feb. 28, 2012.

With the dismissal of the bank-related charges that had been filed against Monty, "that case has now been fully resolved," Gartenstein said.

Clough and Dustin made off with more than $6,000 in cash from the afternoon heist. They also placed a decoy 911 call to divert police during the robbery.

Monty had been charged with aiding in the commission of a felony in the bank incident. Police alleged she had driven to Keene with Clough to pick up Dustin the night before the robbery.

She was present while they discussed their plans and agreed to help "scope out" the bank before the robbery, authorities had said.

In discussing his decision to drop the Bellows Falls case against Monty, Gartenstein noted that the statements she gave police led to the arrests of Clough and Dustin.

Mike Faher can be reached at mfaher@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 275.