An Alabama man trying to avoid homelessness robbed a bank recently, hoping it would earn him time in jail and off the streets.
Police found Rickie Lawrence Gardner, 49, sitting on a bench near the bank he had just robbed, waiting to be arrested, according to the Inquisitr.
Gardner was arrested on charges of first-degree robbery and theft.
Police said Gardner lied and claimed he had a weapon to scare the bank teller into handing him more than $4,000, when he robbed the Alabama bank Monday morning.
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Gardner then put the money in the passenger seat of his car, but, instead of driving away from the crime scene, left his car and walked back to a bench to sit and await arrest.
"He was adamant his whole deal was he'd have a place to live and a place to eat," said Lyndon McWhorter, the Moulton police chief.
Gardner said he was afraid of losing his job because of a recent leg injury, and he did not want to be homeless and hungry.
A relative of Gardner told police that Gardner’s mental state may have been altered by going off medication he had been taking for his leg injury.
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Gardner was in jail Tuesday and had not yet obtained an attorney.