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Desperate Man Robbed Bank to Pay Rent: Police

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    Kiselev Andrey Valerevich

    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 51-year-old Richard Watters, of McDonald, couldn't immediately be reached for comment Friday.

    But McDonald police tell 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 say 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 say 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.

    “He said he had just been evicted from his home where he lived with his parents,” Officer Bradley Resnik told the paper. “He was very remorseful and said that he had just taken desperate measures.”