Judge refuses to reduce bond for Lisbon robbery suspect

Susan Penland is accused in the May 3 robbery of Family Dollar in Lisbon

LISBON, Ohio (WYTV) – An Alliance woman who police said was put in a choke hold during a foiled robbery attempt at the Family Dollar in Lisbon will remain in the Columbiana County Jail after a judge on Thursday refused to reduce her bond.

Susan Penland, 58, waived her right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday and her case now will be sent to a grand jury for consideration, according to our print partner, the Lisbon Morning Journal. Penland has been charged with aggravated robbery in the May 3 holdup.

The newspaper reported that Penland appeared bruised at her hearing in Columbiana County Municipal Court. She was taken into custody on Saturday at St. Elizabeth Health Center, where she had been hospitalized since losing consciousness after a store clerk put her in a choke hold following the robbery attempt.

Penland’s attorney asked that her $100,000 bond be reduced because in her current physical condition, he did not believe she was likely to commit additional crimes, the newspaper reported. However, the prosecutor’s office said Columbiana County Sheriff Ray Stone provided information indicating the Family Dollar holdup was not the first time Penland committed armed robbery.

Detective Sgt. Allan Young said he has been contacted by departments investigating similar robberies in Louisville, Canton, Kent, Ravenna, Newton Falls, Orwell and Middlefield, according to the Morning Journal. The prosecutor also noted investigators have learned Penland was a former Family Dollar employee.

She has not been charged in any other crimes, but the judge decided to keep her bond as is, the newspaper reported.

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