Conn. Wife Allegedly Made Bank Bomb Threats to Hide Money Woes From Husband

A Connecticut woman is behind bars after allegedly making bomb threats to two banks to prevent her husband from discovering the couple’s financial problems, police said.


Coventry Police Department/AP Photo


Nicolina McLean, 45, was arrested Tuesday and is facing three felony first-degree charges of threatening  First Niagara Bank branches in Coventry and Mansfield, Conn. In addition to calling in bomb threats to two banks, she also left a hand-written note in a night deposit box at one of the banks that said there was a bomb in the bank, ABC Affiliate WTNH  reported.

The Coventry, Conn., woman first began making the threats Sept. 22, the Associated Press reported. Phone records revealed at least one of the threatening calls had been made at a liquor store.  Connecticut State Police released surveillance video of McLean at the store earlier this week that eventually led to her capture.

Coventry Police Department

McLean told police that she had lost her job a year ago and had let the family’s bills pile up without her husband’s knowledge, the Associated Press reported. Her husband began to realize the couple was in financial ruin last week and had made plans to go to the bank, the Associated Press reported. 

“McLean said that she decided to do something to keep the banks closed,” according to the police report obtained by the Associated Press.  “She said that bomb scares were the only things she could think of to force the banks to close.”

McLean’s next court appearance is Oct. 24. She has yet to post her $45,000 bail, according to court records.

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