New York nabs bouquet-brandishing bank robber
NEW YORK: New York police said yesterday, they have arrested a suspect who robbed banks brandishing nothing more threatening than a bunch of flowers.
Edward Pemberton, 44, a suspect in two bank robberies this month, was arrested in Brooklyn, New York Police Chief Raymond Kelly told reporters.
Pemberton allegedly came up with a disarming way to pull off his latest bank heist Thursday in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood: he approached the teller’s window with a large bouquet of flowers.
A security camera photo published in The New York Post showed the suspect standing at the teller’s window holding the bouquet while handing over a note, which reportedly read: “Give me all your hundreds, fifties, don’t be a hero.”
After getting 440 dollars from the teller, the robber fled the bank leaving the bouquet of yellow chrysanthemums, orange and red daisies and gladiola buds on the counter.
He also left his image on the video camera, helping police to track him down.
Pemberton is also suspected of involvement in a bank robbery a week earlier, in which he is alleged to have brandished a potted houseplant and made away with 2,325 dollars. -- AFP
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