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Rockland woman charged with attempting to rob two banks in Cambridge

A Rockland woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly attempted to rob two banks in Cambridge, fleeing both without any money, police said.

Jessica Whalen, 35, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of attempted unarmed robbery in Cambridge District Court, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said.

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She was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail.

Whalen was also ordered to stay away from the institutions, Citibank and Eastern Bank, and ordered not to take drugs and to undergo random drug screenings, a spokeswoman for the district attorney said.

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Cambridge police said the first incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. when a female entered the bank on Massachusetts Avenue, passed a note to the teller, and fled without any money or showing a weapon, police said.

Citibank is located on Massachusetts Avenue.

According to police spokesman Dan Riviello, the note said, “Please, no joke, no dye packets or alarms, no attention, just $2,500 in 50s, 20s, and 10s. I’m sorry.”

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Then, around 3 p.m., police responded to a report of another attempted bank robbery, this time on Alewife Brook Parkway, where Eastern Bank is located.

A female matching the description of the suspect in the earlier incident entered the bank, passed a note to a teller, and fled without any money or showing a weapon, police said.

Police said they found Whalen in the area of the second attempted robbery and arrested her.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson.
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