Former Regions bank employee steals $30,000 from elderly woman

Susan Taylor arrested for theft by taking. / Jessica Fairley

Officials with the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office have arrested a former Regions bank branch team leader who admitted to taking over $30,000 dollars from the account of an elderly woman in Albany.

40-year-old Susan Taylor is facing six felony counts of theft by taking and two misdemeanor charges of theft by taking.

She admitted to the crime Monday morning after investigators picked her up in Bainbridge, Georgia.

Starting back in September of 2011, authorities say Taylor began making $400 withdrawals from Greta Rogers, 95, checking account.

"The victim had a CD account which she (Taylor) would go in and create and account and take money from the CD and transfer it into the checking account and she would go and withdraw the money from an ATM," said Lt. Anita Allen with the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office.

Allen says the woman would sometimes make one or more withdrawals a day. $400 was the maximum amount that the machine would allow her to take at a time.

Taylor's arrest came after the niece of the victim went to authorities with concerns about her aunts Regions bank account. The case was then turned over to the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office who began an investigation.

"Regions bank internal investigators were very cooperative with supplying us with everything that we needed for the investigation," said Capt. Craig Dodd with the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's officers obtained an ATM surveillance photo showing the woman, who has now been identified as Susan Taylor, taking money from the elderly victim's account.

"The card was actually created by her. She had it sent to the branch and she was able to use that ATM card to withdraw money from an ATM," said Anita Allen.

When officials caught up with Taylor at her home in Bainbridge, Georgia they say it was a quiet ride back to Albany, where she confessed to the crime.

"She has been given a full statement and she is very cooperative at this time," said Anita Allen.

Lieutenant Allen says Taylor had only been with Regions bank for a few months before the crimes began occurring. She had recently received a promotion to a branch in Bainbridge, Georgia before authorities discovered the crime.