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January 13, 2006
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Bank robbers in deadly standoff had robbed same Fla. bank before

The Associated Press

KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Two bank robbers whose botched heist near Walt Disney World turned into a hostage standoff had robbed the same bank in November, the surviving suspect told investigators, Osceola County sheriff's officials said Thursday.

Amanda Lynn Moeller, 26, confessed to a Nov. 16 armed robbery of the Mercantile Bank, investigators said. The robbers made off with $38,000 the first time, but this week's attempt turned into a 10-hour standoff with police.

Moeller's alleged accomplice, Gaetano Alessandrello, 50, was killed by a police sniper after he threatened to kill himself and a hostage, Sheriff Bob Hansell said.

Moeller was charged Thursday with four counts relating to the November robbery, including armed robbery with a firearm, grand theft and false imprisonment. She is also charged with one count of armed robbery in the this week's standoff and is being held without bail.

None of the four bank employees taken hostage during the ordeal was injured.






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