In the last couple of weeks, a man has robbed at least two banks in Manhattan using flowers as his weapon. This morning the New York police department has arrested 44-year-old Edward Pemberton as a suspect.
On Thursday, July 08, a little before 9 a.m., Mr. Pemberton allegedly walked into Capital One Bank on West 23rd Street and approached a teller carrying a potted plant. The variety of the plant was not noted in the police report. He was wearing a white t-shirt, black jeans and a baseball cap. Under the plant was a note written in block letters on white paper: “Give me all your 100’s, 50’s, no dye, no bait money.” He left with the money and took his potted plant with him.
Then, just last week, he struck again at the Bank of Smithtown on 7th Avenue around the same time on the morning of July 15. This time, he carried a bouquet, again of unspecified variety. The note, slipped inside the bouquet, read, “Give me all your $100’s, 50’s, don’t be a hero.” This time, Mr. Pemberton left the flowers behind for the teller.
Charges against Mr. Pemberton are pending.