|A security photo showed a suspected bank robber with a bouquet of flowers in Manhattan on July 15. (NYPD via Associated Press)|
NEW YORK — A man suspected of robbing two New York City banks while wielding a floral bouquet and a potted plant has been arrested.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Edward Pemberton, 44, was taken into custody in Brooklyn after police received a tip.
It’s been dubbed the “bouquet bandit’’ case.
On Monday, police released a security photo of a man holding fresh flowers that were neatly bundled in pink tissue paper and plastic. Hidden inside the arrangement was a note demanding $50 and $100 bills and a message for the teller, “Don’t be a hero.’’
Police say the same man appeared at another Manhattan bank on July 10 holding a threatening note under a leafy plant. He reached over the counter grabbed the cash before he fled, leaving the plant behind.