Accused 'Bonnie And Clyde' Robbers Needed Money To Be Home For Christmas

2 Heists In Greeley Reportedly Netted $16,500

The accused "Bonnie and Clyde" robbers confessed to two robberies in Greeley in December, saying they were "unable to find jobs and needed money to get back to California … to be with their children by Christmas," according to court affidavits obtained Thursday by the Greeley Tribune.

Christina Drummond, 23, and Joseph Thomas Nieto, 35, were arrested Jan. 12 in a suburb of the San Francisco Peninsula. A third suspect, Michael Gabriel Nieto, 28, described in court records as the brother of "Clyde," was arrested by Greeley police on Wednesday.

Drummond and Joseph Nieto are accused of robbing a Premier Cash Advance store on Dec. 15 and a Guaranty Bank on the morning of Christmas Eve. Police say the couple left later that day to drive to California.

Michael Nieto is accused of being the driver of the getaway car in the two robberies, according to the court records obtained by the Greeley Tribune.

Michael Nieto told police he didn't know the couple was robbing the bank and cash store, and he just waited in the car for them, but they both said they gave him some of the money taken in the robberies.

In the bank robbery, the robbers got away with about $14,500, and from Premier Cash Advance, $2,000, according to court records cited by the Tribune.

Drummond and Joseph Nieto had headed for Central California after the Weld County District Attorney's Office issued arrest warrants for them. Authorities believe they robbed a Rabobank in Los Banos, Calif., on Jan. 12, the day they were captured. They also are suspected of a robbery in Visalia, Calif.

When California law officers searched the couple's home, they found two handguns, clothing that matched the robbers on bank video tapes, and bank bags from Guaranty Bank, the Tribune reported.

The couple will likely be extradited within the next month from California back to Greeley for trial in the robbery cases. They have been dubbed "Bonnie and Clyde" after the infamous outlaws who robbed banks, small stores and rural gas stations during the Great Depression.

Michael Nieto remains in the Weld County Jail, held on $50,000 bond.