Old Man Robs Bank So He Can Go Back to Prison: FBI
Walter Unbehaun told investigators he felt more comfortable on the inside
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2013 2:15 PM CST
This Feb. 9 surveillance photo provided by the FBI shows 73-year-old Walter Unbehaun, an ex-convict from Rock Hill., SC, during a bank robbery in Niles, Ill.   ((AP Photo/FBI))

(Newser) – After spending most of his adult life behind bars, 73-year-old Walter Unbehaun was released in 2011—but recently decided to rob another bank in hopes of going back. He felt more comfortable in prison, court documents allege, and wanted to spend his final years there. So the balding, gray-haired man leaned on a cane as he walked into a bank in suburban Chicago over the weekend and used a novel stickup line: He had just six months to live, so he had nothing left to lose. The South Carolina man also allegedly lifted his coat to show the teller a silver revolver shoved into his waistband, and investigators say he walked out of the Harris Bank on Saturday with $4,178 in his pockets.

He wore no disguises, so law enforcement quickly tracked him down using surveillance-camera photos. When authorities stopped him on Sunday outside a motel room where he was staying, he immediately threw down his cane and surrendered, saying he knew they were there because he robbed a bank the day before. Unbehaun's most recent stint behind bars ended in 2011, when he was released after serving 10 years for a 1998 bank robbery. His Illinois record alone includes multiple other felonies dating back decades. So far, he's gotten his wish: At an initial court appearance Monday, he was ordered to remain in jail pending further court procedures, and he faces up to 20 years behind bars.

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Feb 15, 2013 6:11 AM CST
This is the new America...... incarcaration over freedom?
Feb 14, 2013 9:20 AM CST
If I were the judge and wanted to be a complete asshole I'd say "Go home, you're free"
Feb 13, 2013 11:14 PM CST
There was an elephant who lived in a small stone enclosure somewhere in England in the mid 20th Century. The animal had lived there most of its life. When the local apes (townspeople) tried to remove it to rebuild the enclosure, the animal refused to budge. Finally, the structure was torn down with the animal still inside. With the walls gone, the elephant still refused to be moved. What is the lesson?