NY Bouquet Bandit gets 6-12 years for bank holdups

By the Associated Press | September 15, 2011 | 12:55 PM EDT

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.