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'Burqa Bandit' says she needed money to support special needs son

A surveillance photos allegedly shows Elysia Roiz in a maroon Burqa, attempting to rob a bank in National City.
November 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A woman in San Diego, known as the "Burqa Bandit," could spend years in prison, but says she would do it all again if it would help her son.

Surveillance photos allegedly show Elysia Roiz, in a maroon Burqa, attempting to rob a bank in National City last summer.

The FBI says she passed a note to the teller, demanding money, but she fled when the teller hit the panic button.

Roiz claims that she is not a habitual thief, but fell on hard times and was having trouble caring for her son, who has special needs.

The director of San Diego's Council on American-Islamic Relations called the woman's actions "hurtful" and said no one has the right to use religious garb to commit a crime.


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