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

SAN DIEGO

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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