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Ohio woman admits drive-thru heist try

An Ohio woman pleaded guilty Friday to attempted theft, a less serious charge than she faced when arrested for trying to rob a restaurant with a pink umbrella.

Amanda M. Ringler, 27, of Payne, was charged in March with attempted robbery. According to court documents, she pointed an umbrella at a Burger King employee through the drive-thru window and said, “Give me the money, give me the money.”

The employee activated the New Haven restaurant’s panic alarm. Ringler drove off without any money, but witnesses and vehicle records identified her as a suspect. She was later stopped for a traffic violation and agreed to speak with police, according to court documents.

She pleaded guilty to the charge of attempted theft, which was filed Friday in Allen Superior Court. She faces six years in prison, as well as a 2 1/2 -year suspended sentence and a year on probation, according to the terms of a plea agreement.

The more serious charge of attempted robbery will be dismissed when she is sentenced next month.

rgreen@jg.net

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