Woman pleads guilty to attempted robbery
NILES — A Niles woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to an attempted robbery charge in connection to a panhandling incident invovling an elderly person.
Penny Crabtree, 50, of 681 1/2 Fenton St., Apt. R, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew Logan to plead guilty to an amended indictment.
According to Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Gina Buccino Arnaut, Crabtree was accused of taking $20 after she laid her hands on an elderly person from whom she asked money Nov. 3 in Niles.
Crabtree was indicted on a third-degree robbery charge, but pleaded guilty to a felony four that carries a potential 18-month prison sentence. Logan ordered Crabtree to undergo a background investigation by the Adult Probation Department before the judge pronounces sentence.
According to reports, Crabtree was taken into custody Nov. 10, 2019, thanks to tips given to the Niles Police Department through social media. Jail records state Crabtree has been in custody ever since pending the posting of a $25,000 bond.
According to the police report, Crabtree has been known to frequent shopping areas around the Eastwood Mall complex panhandling for money, often on a bicycle.