Cook County probably can’t help troubled woman accused of stealing $155,000 from Brink’s truck, judge says

Chicago — The 60-year-old woman who allegedly stole a bag containing $155,000 from a Brink’s truck in Edgewater has no criminal background, is recently widowed, and is experiencing homelessness, officials said during a bail hearing Wednesday.

“I’m hoping that you can be directed to some resources, but I’m, sadly, I’m not sure that Cook County has the resources to direct you to anywhere meaningful,” Judge Mary Marubio told Sharon Carabine-Dierberger. “But I’m hopeful that we can try to accommodate that need.”

Marubio released Carabine-Dierberger on her own recognizance.

Sharon Carabine-Dierberger and the Brink’s truck that was allegedly targeted. | Chicago Police Department; Citizen App

The theft occurred as a Brink’s guard was unloading money bags outside Chase Bank, 5715 North Broadway, around 12:30 p.m. Monday. Prosecutors said a witness saw Carabine-Dierberger take a bag of money from the back of the armored car and run away.

The guard, tipped off by the witness, chased Carabine-Dierberger into an automotive store, grabbed the bag from her hand, and walked out. Police arrested her at the Granville Red Line station a short time later.

“Every dollar was recovered,” Marubio noted.

The bank and Brink’s confirmed that the stolen bag contained $155,000, prosecutors said.

Carabine-Dierberger’s public defender detailed her housing situation, the recent loss of her spouse, and apparent mental health issues that Carabine-Dierberger has, for which she asked to receive help. Marubio expressed a sincere desire to connect Carbine-Dierberger with the help she needs but also doubted that Cook County has the ability to do that.

“This is an unusual set of facts, to say the least,” said the judge.

Cook County’s budget during the 2022 fiscal year was $8.04 billion.

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