"The next month, in Northampton, Pennsylvania, a 49-year-old woman reportedly robbed a bank and, just 18 minutes later, 'arrived at a check-cashing business and arranged for several money orders -- totaling $1,090 -- to pay a portion of the rent she owed her landlord.' According to court papers, a 'confidential informant' told police the woman had confided that 'she was going to rob the bank to satisfy about $1,800 in back rent.' The police reported that she was 'in the process of being evicted'."
I am from PA and realize that its nickname is the Keystone State, but I don't actually get the reference either, perhaps because I'm missing the previous paragraph (does it discuss bank robberies in PA?).
"This, however, is no Keystone State phenomenon. As the Los Angeles Times recently reported, 'Another sign of the bad economic times… bank robberies, which had been declining for years, rose in 2008 in Southern California… by 22% compared to 2007.' In Orange County, the spike was especially acute, a jump of 41% to 145 robberies. Similarly, Inland Empire News Radio reported that authorities attributed a 13% rise in bank robberies in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to a 'poor economy'."
- Nick Turse, 'Meltdown Madness', tomdispatch.com, 28 Jan 2009.