Convicted bank robber now accused of robbing Sterling restaurant

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Kelly Mewhirter photo from Sterling Police

A Rock Falls woman who has already served prison time for bank robbery is now accused of robbing a restaurant in Sterling.

Sterling Police said they arrested Kelly Mewhirter Thursday, November 7, 2013.  Mewhirter, 36, is accused of robbing Don Pedro’s restaurant at 2401 East Lincolnway in Sterling on October 26, 2013.

The Chicago Tribune reported Mewhirter pleaded guilty in January 2007 and was sentenced in May 2007 for her role in a robbery spree that involved three banks in March 2006.  The Chicago Tribune reported Mewhirter and Gene Horne confessed to robbing a Chase Bank branch in Naperville, Illinois.  They reportedly got $2,800 in that robbery.

The day before, Mewhirter and Horne reportedly tried to rob a branch of the Mutual Bank by threatening a drive-through teller with a note saying they would shoot people in the parking lot if they didn’t get money.  They left when the teller did not comply and, about a half-hour later, the couple got $900 when they robbed a MidAmerica Bank branch in Wheaton.

When they were arrested in Joliet, the couple reportedly confessed to the robberies and attempted robbery.

They were sentenced in May 2007 to five years and four months in prison.

After her November 7 arrest, Mewhirter was held in the Whiteside County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.