One of two young women charged with robbing a bank while laughing and wearing sunglasses says she didn’t worry about the crime’s consequences because “we had an inside man.”
In an interview aired Friday on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” Heather Johnston said she didn’t consider how the Feb. 27 crime might terrify other bank customers because the teller was in on the plan.
The so-called 'Barbie Bandits' were videotaped wearing sunglasses and laughing as they appeared to steal nearly $11,000 from a Bank of America in Acworth, Ga. Johnston and Miller were arrested two days later but have not yet entered pleas. A bank teller and another man were also charged.
Plan began as a joke
Johnston said the idea of robbing a bank began as a joke. “I mean, it’s crossed a lot of people’s minds, from what I’ve heard,” she said.
But things did not go as expected. The two never got wigs as they had earlier planned. And after getting lost on the way to the bank, they initially went to the wrong bank branch.
“We took a wrong turn somewhere, ended up going to a completely different Bank of America,” Johnston said.
She said they called their teller contact and went to his branch without worrying about how the robbery would unfold. “We had an inside man,” she said.
As the teller gave them the money, the cash nearly got away from them, too.
“He started throwing it and it was like going everywhere,” Johnston said.
She also talked about the stylish sunglasses she and Ashley Miller wore during the heist, which was meant to look like a robbery.
“We had got them a couple weeks before this even came up. Like, we called them our stunner shades,” she said.
Johnston laughed about what she and Miller did after the robbery: “Go straight to the mall.” The first thing they did was visit an upscale hair salon to get highlights in their hair.
“Some of the stuff we did was pretty ignorant,” she said.
Authorities say the two also went shopping, ate a meal and gave money to the homeless afterward.
Both were charged with felony theft and marijuana possession. They are free on bond.
Johnston had hoped to become a dental hygienist. After finishing high school, she was supposed to go to Gainesville State College on a scholarship. Instead, she went to work as an exotic dancer, where she said she met Miller.
Johnston’s mother, Lisa Johnston, wept as she told the TV interviewer how she had hoped to instill positive values in her children by doing something special with them every day.
“I hoped that would instill and pretty much guarantee me wonderful adults,” she said. “But I guess there’s no guarantee.”