A70-year-old man who took close to $3,000 from a bank in Kansas last week is understood to have carried out the robbery shortly after telling his wife he’d “rather be in jail than at home” during an argument.
Larry Ripple of Kansas City entered the Bank of Labor on Friday afternoon and handed a staff member a note saying: “I have a gun, give me money.”
The teller passed over $2,924 in cash. Then, instead of fleeing, Ripple took a seat in the lobby of the bank.
According to court documents a security guard then approached Ripple, who told him: “I’m the guy you’re looking for.”
The guard recovered the money and called the police and FBI. Officers arrived shortly afterwards and Ripple was arrested and taken to Wyandotte County jail, charged with one federal count of bank robbery.
An affidavit signed by FBI Special Agent Eric R. Beltz states that “[Ripple] and his wife had an argument at home and [he] no longer wanted to be in the situation. Ripple wrote out his demand note in front of his wife, and told her he’d rather be in jail than at home. Ripple then walked to the bank and robbed it.”
Ripple was released from prison on Wednesday this week after appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Waxse.
It’s not known whether he’s back home with his wife or not.