SEVERANCE, Colo. (CBS4) — A Colorado babysitter who used two children she was watching to help her rob a bank — a heist allegedly planned to help her pay back money stolen from her employers- was sentenced Friday.

According to the Weld County DA, Rachel Einspahr, 29, went to the drive through at the Colorado East Bank & Trust in Severance in May 2016 after picking the children up from school. She allegedly sent a note through the vacuum tube demanding money for a man in the back of her SUV threatening to hurt the children.

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The note read, “Do not sound alarm. The man in the very back wants $100s and $50s….he has a gun on my kids.” The teller, believing the children were in danger, gave her $500, sheriff’s spokesman Matt Turner said.

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The children were not hurt and investigators determined there never was a man in the vehicle with them. Police tracked Einspahr to a nearby park and later admitted to authorities that she acted alone and needed the money to pay for restitution in another case.

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Einspahr pleaded guilty to several charges including theft, forgery and attempted robbery. She was immediately sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections and ordered to repay nearly $33,000 in restitution.