Florala chief: Pair got bank robbery idea from TV

Published 12:47 am Friday, March 26, 2010

By By Stephanie Nelson
special to the standard

Florala’s alleged bank robbers confessed Thursday they stole their “note-passing” method off television and hit banks along the state line because they didn’t think police could pursue them, Florala Police Chief Sonny Bedsole said.
Bedsole said he was filing warrants at the Covington County Courthouse for the couple’s alleged Florala crime.
Both Jones and Tinsley each were indicted in Mobile Thursday on two counts of bank robbery. Bedsole said he interviewed both Jones and Tinsley earlier that day, and each agreed they were “ready to get things over with.”
When asked if the two gave any indication of why they elected to rob the banks, Bedsole said simply, “They needed money.”
While inside the bank, a handwritten note demanding money was passed to the teller. In Florala, $1,700 was stolen.
The couple was taken into custody March 19 after a MySpace tip revealing the couple’s identity and location was given to the Florala Police Department.

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