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Ex-con robs bank allegedly hoping to get caught

It is usually never a thief's intent to get caught in the act. But for a seasoned robber in suburban Illinois, getting arrested may have been exactly what he wanted, according to local media reports.

A criminal complaint states 73-year-old Walter Unbehaun entered a bank in Niles, Ill., Saturday morning and gave a teller a note announcing a robbery, the Chicago Tribune reported. The man reportedly revealed a silver gun and told the teller: "I only have six months to live and have nothing to lose. I don't want to hurt you."

The teller handed over $4,178 in cash, and surveillance cameras at a nearby restaurant captured Unbehaun leaving the scene, according to the Tribune.


Authorities eventually arrested Unbehaun, of Rock Hill, S.C., on Sunday in North Chicago, the Tribune reported. He had been previously convicted of a 1998 bank robbery, the newspaper added.

The criminal complaint says Unbehaun told police he wanted to spend the rest of his life in prison, according to the Tribune. He claimed he'd spent most of his adult life in prison and "wanted to go back as he felt more comfortable in prison than out," the complaint reportedly noted.

This is not the first time someone has asked to be locked up. Last month, a Bremerton, Wash., woman asked a cop to take her to jail even though she hadn't committed a crime, the Kitsap Sun reported. When the officer declined, she hit him in the nose with a soda bottle and was later booked for felony assault, the newspaper added.

Also last month, police say a 30-year-old homeless man broke windows in a county office building in Troy, N.Y., with the hope to get a year in jail, timesunion.com reported.