Toothless Woman Does Robbery For Dentures

A toothless woman who appears in surveillance photos from a western Pennsylvania bank robbery last month has confessed, apologized and told police she planned the heist because she needed the money for dentures.

Evelyn Marie Fuller, 49, of Carmichaels, on Wednesday remained in the Greene County Jail unable to post bond on bank robbery and other charges filed Tuesday by police in Waynesburg, where she allegedly robbed the First National Bank on Jan. 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.

Fuller allegedly handed a note to a teller saying she had a gun and asking for an undisclosed amount of money. During the entire robbery, she kept her head down and didn’t talk. Because she was not wearing dentures, Chief Tim Hawfield said “her lower face appears to be collapsed on itself” according to Observer-Reporter of Washington, Pa.

Police distributed a surveillance photo of the toothless robber, 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 Tuesday, Fuller told a district judge she has mental health problems and lives on disability benefits, the Observer-Reporter of Washington, Pa. reported Wednesday.

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.

Police said they are continuing to investigate the matter to see if she had any accomplices, including a driver who may have had knowledge of what she was trying to do.

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