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Toothless robber: I needed dentures

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman who appeared to not have any teeth in surveillance photos from a 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, remained in a jail Wednesday unable to post bond on bank robbery and other charges filed a day earlier by police in Waynesburg, in western Pennsylvania, where she's accused of robbing the First National Bank on Jan. 20.

Arresting Officer Tom Ankrom said Fuller, of Carmichaels, about 10 miles east, 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 went to police and told them he had loaned Fuller the coat the robber 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 is wearing in the picture.

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

After her arraignment, she 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.

Man’s lack of teeth contributes to arrest

A 27-year-old man was arrested on meth charges after he raised the suspicions of feed store employees by purchasing two pounds of a substance commonly used to cut methamphetamine. 

Suspect Henry P. Bevans' dental health apparently didn't help: The complaint noted that Bevans was toothless when he purchased the methylsulfonylmethane at Aslin Finch feed store.

“The store manager advised that they carry MSM for horses but did not believe that Bevans was going to use it for horses,” according to search warrant. “The manager stated that Bevans did not have any teeth and stated he wanted to report the suspicious transaction believing that the transaction was methamphetamine related.”

Detectives used the warrant to search Bevan's room at the Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Feb. 2. They arrested him on a Department of Corrections escape warrant after a struggle and found meth in the room, as well as a scale and other drug paraphernalia.

Bevans, who has previous felony drug convictions, also had meth in his pocket, police said. He was booked into jail but released pending formal charges, which were filed Feb. 28.

He was arrested again March 9 and remains in custody after appearing in Superior Court on a drug charge. He's to be arraigned Thursday.

‘Toothless’ armed robber gets 14 years

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A toothless burglar responsible for a string of armed robberies at Spokane coffee stands was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison.

Shawn M. Westlie, 45, was arrested in January after a police SWAT team standoff at 2109 W. Mansfield Court and confessed to a series of crimes that included a gunpoint robbery at the Sunset Market in Browne’s Addition last November (a video is above). The robber wore a military-style gas mask.

Westlie’s arrest came after he’d been identified as suspect in a home intrusion in which a toothless burglar was whacked with a stick by the homeowner.

Westlie pleaded guilty Tuesday to seven counts of first-degree robbery, four counts of second-degree assault, four counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property and first-degree burglary.

Westlie, who has previous felony convictions, was sentenced to 171 months in prison by Judge Annette Plese.

Robbery accomplice Jeremy L. Hubbard was sentenced in June to 16 months in prison. Another suspected accomplice, Victor A. Hackett, 46, is in jail awaiting trial.

Past coverage:

Jan. 19: ‘Toothless burglar’ linked to multiple robberies

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