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Cross-dressing bandit on skates given 6 years

Nino Leo Lanu was sentenced to six years in prison after brandishing a fake gun and wearing a skirt, fake breasts and inline skates while robbing a bank of $18,260 in cash.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A cross-dressing bandit on skates who robbed a bank across the street from his home was sentenced to prison Friday.

Nino Leo Lanu, 32, was wearing a skirt, wig, makeup and fake breasts as he brandished a replica gun while robbing a National Australia Bank branch in the southern city of Melbourne in February, a prosecutor told the County Court of Victoria state.

Lanu, a regular branch customer, rolled away on inline skates with $18,260 in cash.

Lanu pleaded guilty to armed robbery, a firearm offense and growing cannabis. He was sentenced to six years in prison with a non-parole period of 42 months.

Judge John Smallwood described the crime as premeditated and serious, although he accepted Lanu was an “emotionally and socially disconnected young man.”