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Gatesville woman charged in extortion plot

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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 4:30 am

GATESVILLE — Sarah Regina Pollard, 45, of Gatesville, was in the Coryell County jail Tuesday, charged with aggravated robbery in what police called a bizarre plot to extort money from a former co-worker.

Pollard was arrested by Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon, according to police records. She is being held in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

A joint investigation by the Texas Rangers, the McLennan County sheriff and the Coryell County sheriff linked Pollard to a plot to extort about $68,000 from a McLennan County woman whose husband is a retired state trooper, according to a report in the Waco Tribune-Herald.

The victim of the scheme told police she received a 1½-page typed, single-spaced letter in which the grown children of the woman and Pollard were threatened, the newspaper reported, quoting McLennan County Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon.

The letter included the threat that, if the women did not pay the ransom, their children would be kidnapped, sodomized and injected with AIDS-tainted blood, Cawthon told the newspaper.

The woman was instructed to put cash and a cashier’s check in a waterproof bag and throw it off the twin bridges into Lake Waco, Cawthon told the newspaper.

The woman’s husband notified police, and investigators searched Pollard’s home and found materials linking her to the plot, Cawthon said.

Coryell County District Attorney Dusty Boyd said he plans to present the case to a grand jury as soon as possible.

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