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Arrest made in 'bouquet bandit' case

NEW YORK (AP) - A man dubbed the "bouquet bandit" because he
held fresh flowers while robbing a Manhattan bank was arrested
Wednesday at a home in Brooklyn, police said.
The publicity generated by a security photo - including
front-page headlines in the city's tabloids - led to tips naming
44-year-old Edward Pemberton, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly
said.
The New York Police Department released the photo on Monday amid
a manhunt for a robber who walked into a bank last week carrying a
bouquet neatly bundled in pink tissue paper and plastic. Hidden
inside the arrangement was a note that read, "Give me all your
$100s, $50s. Don't be a hero."
A teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled
on foot, leaving the flowers behind.
Police say the same man appeared at another Manhattan bank on
July 10 holding a similar threatening note under a leafy plant. He
reached over the counter grabbed the cash before fleeing. The
potted plant stayed.
Pemberton had a history of arrests on drug charges and other
petty offenses, police said. Charges in the bank robbery cases were
pending.
Kelly said the suspect had a legitimate - and revealing - line
of work.
"He did odd jobs in the flower district," he said. "Very odd
jobs."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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