Man robs bank to buy engagement ring for girlfriend

A man has been arrested for allegedly robbing two banks and using the proceeds of the crime to buy an engagement ring for his fiancee.

Middletown Journal-News reports that Ohio man reportedly walked into the Fifth Third Bank in Trenton on December 16, 2017 and handed a piece of paper to the teller that indicated he had a bomb strapped to him and that he wanted $20,000.

Police, in an affidavit filed in court said the suspect left the bank with $8,800.

The affidavit added that the same man pulled the same stunt on another bank on December 22, 2017.

Police said the man, later identified as Dustn Pedersen bought an engagement ring for about $4,500 less than an hour after the December 16 robbery and proposed to his girlfriend a day after.

Pedersen was charged with aggravated robbery for the December 16 incident. He pleaded not guilty.

A warrant has been issued in connection with the December 22 robbery.

He appeared in court for a preliminary hearing, where police said they found the sunglasses, gloves and hat — believed to be worn in the robberies — in Pedersen’s car.

Pedersen reportedly denied robbing any banks, but told police that surveillance photos of the robber look like him.

Investigations said he wore the same clothes, hat, sunglasses and other assessories for the robbery and in some photos posted on his Facebook page.


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