A string of bank robberies in Broward and Fort Lauderdale Counties has had investigators puzzled for weeks now. Tellers described the robber as middle-aged, but the defining feature that stood out was the bad condition of his teeth. He has been locally known as the “Rotten Teeth Robber” after the Broward Sheriff’s Office referred to him as a “dirty, rotten teeth bank robber” during the investigation. The Boca Raton police department was more polite about the issue, telling reporters that they were searching for a robber with “considerable tooth decay.” They also noted that bank employees believed he had a limp. Initially, some eyewitness reports gave differing descriptions of the man in terms of his height, build, and age. Broward criminal lawyer William Moore says differing accounts are relatively common and that eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable, in part because people tend to be very prone to suggestion when they remember details about a crime.
According to law enforcement officials familiar with the case, the Rotten Teeth Robber has hit at least five branches of Bank of America in the last month. On March 3, he robbed the Pompano Beach branch, then waited nearly two weeks before robbing the Lighthouse Point bank. Thereafter, he allegedly went on a bank-robbing spree, hitting Bank of America branches in Tequesta, Broward, and Deerfield Beach on March 26. The Rotten Teeth Robber then began hitting other area banks, as well. He is expected to be charged with robbing a Pompano Beach BankAtlantic on March 31 and a Wachovia branch in Fort Lauderdale on April 1.
The Rotten Teeth Robber was done in by his most recent robbery, officials say. At about 10:40 a.m. on April 1, he gave the Wachovia teller a note, demanding cash and wearing jeans, a baseball cap, and a nondescript gray shirt. The teller complied with the robber’s demand, but bank employees rushed to contact police. Fort Lauderdale police quickly nabbed Alan Weller, 47, who was identified as the robber by employees of the Wachovia branch. Broward criminal lawyer Moore says it is unusual for a bank robber to hit so many banks in one area in such a short period of time.
Weller resides in Lake Worth. Prior to his capture, he was described as a white male in his forties or fifties, who was thin and about 5’7” and wore glasses. Bank employees who had been robbed consistently noted that his teeth were unusually dirty or rotten. He was seen leaving at least one bank robbery in an old green Ford Taurus. In another, he departed in a brown Chrysler PT Cruiser.
A Broward County bank robbery last year:
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