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Tearful 'Barbie Bandit' admits bank heist

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  • Heather Johnston admitted to stealing nearly $10,000 from Bank of America
  • 19-year-old apologized for her role in the February bank heist
  • She and a 22-year-old friend shown on video holding up Atlanta-area bank
  • Judge will wait for co-defendants' cases to be resolved before sentencing
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ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- One of two young women dubbed the "Barbie Bandits" pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft and marijuana possession charges stemming from a bank heist.


Heather Johnston, shown in an earlier booking photo, pleaded guilty in the "Barbie Bandits" case.

Heather Johnston, 19, admitted to stealing nearly $10,000 from the Bank of America in Acworth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.

She apologized for her role in the February crime and said she would have been "dead or just not good off" if she had not been arrested.

"I do regret what I did. I wish I could take it back every day," she said, adding. "I can't take it back, but it has turned my life around in so many ways." Video Watch Johnston accept responsibility »

Johnston and co-defendant Ashley Miller were dubbed the "Barbie Bandits" after police released bank surveillance video that appeared to show the young women laughing while wearing fashionable sunglasses.

The video shows them handing a holdup note to the teller.


Investigators said Johnston and Miller, who worked as dancers at an Atlanta-area strip club, planned to split the money with two other co-defendants. One of those co-defendants, 22-year-old Herman Allen III, was the teller who accepted their demand and handed over the money.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley put off sentencing for Johnston until her co-defendants' cases are resolved. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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