Toothless bank robber needed dentures

Last updated 07:47 02/02/2012

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A woman who appeared to not have any teeth in surveillance photos from a US bank robbery has confessed, apologised and told police she planned the heist because she needed the money for dentures.

Evelyn Marie Fuller, 49, of Carmichaels, is the Greene County Jail unable to post bond on bank robbery and other charges filed yesterdat by police in Waynesburg, western Pennsylvania, where she allegedly robbed the First National Bank on January 20.

Arresting Officer Tom Ankrom said Fuller explained her motives when she confessed to the crime.

"During her confession, she stated she wanted to use the money to pay for dentures she was unable to get through welfare until next year," Ankrom said.

Police distributed a surveillance photo of the robber, who appeared to be toothless, and an unnamed witness came to police and told them he had loaned Fuller the coat the suspect was seen wearing in the picture. The man told police Fuller returned the coat because the zipper didn't work, and police said it matched one the robber's wearing in the picture.

At her arraignment, Fuller told a district judge she has mental health problems and lives on disability benefits, the Observer-Reporter of Washington, Pennsylvania, said.

After her arraignment, Fuller told a reporter, "I'm very sorry for what I did and I know God is going to punish me for it," before explaining that her pastor told her to tell the truth about what she did.

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- AP

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