Bouquet Bandit Sent to Prison, Says He's Sorry

Thursday, Sep 15, 2011  |  Updated 4:16 PM EDT
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Bouquet Bandit Sent to Prison, Says He's Sorry

The "Bouquet Bandit" robbed two banks in Manhattan last year, each time carrying a neatly bundled bouquet that concealed a demand note.

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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.

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