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Hesperus woman sentenced for Albuquerque bank robbery

Keylee Rose Moore, photographed for her Colorado driver’s license, left, was the suspect accused of robbing the New Mexico Bank and Trust, right. She pleaded guilty to bank robbery and was sentenced this week. (Courtesy of U.S. District Court)
Moore receives 52 days of time served, probation and community service

A Hesperus woman who pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Albuquerque in June 2021 will not serve additional prison time.

During a sentencing hearing Wednesday in New Mexico District Court, Keylee Rose Moore, 22, was sentenced to the time she had served, plus two years of probation, 40 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine by U.S. District Judge Kea W. Riggs.

She also must pay back the $158 stolen from the bank.

Moore served 52 days in jail in New Mexico after being arrested June 23, 2021, in connection with the crime.

She was released to a halfway house on Aug. 13 and was granted pretrial release that allowed her to return home to Hesperus while her case proceeded.

On Feb. 22, Moore pleaded guilty to a charge of bank robbery as part of a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She faced a potential sentence of up to 25 months in the Department of Corrections.

As part of her sentence, Moore must also complete a substance abuse and a mental health program and participate in an educational or vocational services program. She was ordered not to use or possess alcohol or drugs, and to submit to testing and search of person and property.

According to court and FBI records, Moore entered New Mexico Bank and Trust on Louisiana Boulevard on June 1, 2021, and passed a note to a bank teller demanding money.

The FBI received a tip identifying Moore as the person who allegedly robbed the bank. After an investigation, she was arrested at her home in Hesperus.

According to witnesses and security camera images, Moore wore a blond wig, dark trench coat, boots, purse and a face mask.

The suspect placed a note on the bank teller’s counter that read:

“Put all the money in a bag, if anyone asks I’m closing my account. Do not panic, there is a man with my sister at gunpoint. If we don’t get away, we both die. Please wait at least 15 nutes before you call. e will kill us if I don’t get the money.”

Part of the note was torn, and a few words had missing letters, according to the affidavit. The bank teller gave Moore money from the teller drawer, and she left the bank on foot.

On June 6, a tipster identified Moore as a possible suspect, and investigators found a photo of a vehicle that matched one at the scene of the robbery on her Facebook page.

Investigators obtained Moore’s driver’s license photo and matched it with photos from the bank. They also conducted surveillance at her home in Hesperus, where the vehicle was parked.

The FBI said it searched Moore’s house, seizing the boots and purse and gained a confession that she robbed the bank of about $150.

The case was investigated by the FBI, with assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Southwest Drug Task Force, La Plata County Sheriff’s Office and Albuquerque Police Department.