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An 81-year-old man who spent decades behind bars for a series of bank robberies, he said he stole from an Arizona credit union for months after he was released from prison because of the monthly $800 Social security benefits were too small to make a living, according to court records.
Robert Francis Krebs went in for the Pyramid Federal Credit Union in Tucson in January, 2018, with no disguise, and said to be a BB gun — that looked like a gun — on the counter, and demanded money. He also told FBI agents that he “kind of wanted to get caught, so that he was able to return to the jail, court documents said.
Lawyers for Krebs, who will turn 82 in July, saying their client has stated that the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. A neuropsychologist concluded Krebs was not competent to stand trial, because he has been night. Two other experts have accused him of embellishing his condition to avoid prosecution.
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In this file photo released on Nov. 14, 2018, the Tucson Police department, shows Robert Francis Krebs, who has a decades-long criminal record for stealing from bank to bank. The 81-year-old has been charged with the robbery of a credit union in north charleston in January 2018. The lawyers, in his last criminal case, argument on the question of whether Krebs was mentally competent to stand trial. (Tucson Police department via AP File)
A judge will have to determine whether Krebs is competent to stand trial.
“They really can’t make out,” retired FBI bank robbery expert, William Rehder, who was not involved in the case against Krebs said. “He’s right, Social Security is not likely to be enough to keep him going, and he has no prospects for income.”
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Krebs has more than 30 years in prison for a 1981 bank robbery in Florida, where he took in $8,300, and was sentenced to three years in a 1966 embezzling conviction-in the morning. Authorities say he stole $72,000 from the bank where he was employed as a teller.
He had served 17 years for robbery, and robbery convictions in Arizona. He has been in prison for six months, and when he was, reportedly, carried out of the Tucson credit union robbery. He took $8,400, and was locked up in a room in the police department, just because. He was charged with bank robbery for the robbery of a credit union, has pleaded not guilty.
Krebs’ lawyer, Leonardo Costales, said in court records that there was not enough evidence to prove that his client is competent to stand trial.
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J. L. Hunter “Red” Rountree, who has been referred to as America’s oldest bank robber, and was convicted and sentenced for the commission of a robbery on a bank in the late 1990s and early 2000s in the Mississippi river, Florida, and Texas.
Rountree, who later died in prison, at the age of 92, and to this end the two raids in the mid-80’s and was 91 at the time of his last heist.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.