NY Bouquet Bandit gets 6-12 years for bank holdups
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City bank robber dubbed the Bouquet Bandit has apologized for robbing banks while using plants as props to deflect suspicion.
Edward Pemberton told a judge he was "sorry for robbing banks" as he was sentenced Wednesday to six to 12 years in prison. The 45-year-old pleaded guilty in July to two Manhattan bank robberies. They netted a total of about $2,400.
He was arrested last summer after a security camera photo of a flower-toting suspect at a Manhattan bank generated front-page headlines.
The neatly bundled bouquet concealed a note that demanded $50 and $100 bills.
Lawyer Justine Luongo noted that Pemberton didn't use a weapon during the stickups. She says drug and alcohol problems prompted his crimes.