Man who wore zebra-print dress during bank robbery pleads guilty
DOVER - A man who robbed the Rochester branch of Bank of New Hampshire wearing a zebra-print dress has pleaded guilty to his crimes.
Bart Augustus, of Rochester, was 46-years-old when he put on his girlfriend's dress and walked into the bank on Oct. 23 of last year. Augustus later told authorities he wore the dress and a stocking over his head to conceal his identity.
During the robbery, Augustus passed a note to a female teller, demanding cash, and then took off. He later told police he used the money for crack cocaine.
Police caught up with Augustus after he left a note on the bank's front door a few days later, apologizing for his behavior.
On Thursday, Judge Tina Nadeau sentenced Augustus to 1½ to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to robbery, falsifying physical evidence and violation of probation.
Augustus received a 165 day credit for the time he has served at Strafford County House of Corrections, according to County Attorney Thomas Velardi.
The falsifying physical evidence charge was brought against Augustus because he disposed of the dress and other items he wore during the robbery so he could not be apprehended.
The violation of probation charge stems from a seperate incident of simple assault.
In addition to serving prison time, Augustus will have to pay the bank back the $2,315 he stole from them.
He also will have to participate in the county's drug court program, Velardi said.