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Police: Bank robbery suspect paid rent with loot

on April 05, 2014 10:29 AM

McDONALD (AP) — Police say a jailed western Pennsylvania bank robbery suspect was desperate and used his stolen loot to pay his rent, electric and water bills.

The public defender for Richard Watters, 51, of McDonald, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Friday.

But McDonald police told the (Washington) Observer-Reporter that Watters really does appear to have been in dire straits when he robbed the Huntingdon Bank across the street from his residence on Monday.

Police said Watters was cautious and polite and didn’t really have a gun though he claimed to when he gave a teller a note saying, “I am desperate fill this with cash fast.”

Police said Watters got $661. Once officers identified him from surveillance photos, they found Watters had receipts for the $400 money order used to pay his rent and his electric bill.

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