Wish granted: 84-yr-old man robs bank of over $8,000 because he wanted to go back to prison

I didn’t choose the thug life, the thug life chose me – Tupac Shakur

An 84-year-old Arizona man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for armed robbery in Tucson. Sentenced to 262 months plus five years of supervised release, Robert Francis Krebs will be 105 years old upon his future release if he makes it that long, and had his hopes set on returning to prison according to reports.  Krebs was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,385.

On Jan. 12, 2018, Krebs used a BB gun to rob two bank tellers at a Pyramid Federal Credit Union. He made out with $8,300 but was apprehended the following day at a nearby motel where he resided.

If a 21-year sentence for an 84-year-old seems excessive, prosecutors would disagree. It seems Klebs has an extensive criminal history that dates back more than 50 years.

Krebs was convicted in federal court in Tucson of armed bank robbery in 2020. He was on probation at the time of the credit union robbery.

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When local authorities found the rascal in the motel parking lot, he was disguised with a wig and had evidently been inspired in his illusory endeavor by the movies “The Godfather” and “7even.” He had cotton in his cheeks and had varnished his fingertips to leave no fingerprints.

But apparently, he’s no Danny Ocean. The cops saw right through the ruse.

He told authorities that he committed the robbery because he could not live comfortably on his $800 social security checks. He also revealed that he didn’t wear a disguise during the robberies because he “kind of wanted to get caught”, citing an inability to adapt to civilian life, having spent most of his behind bars.

William J. Rehder, a retired FBI bank robbery expert who wasn’t involved in Krebs’ case told the Star Advisor in 2019 that formerly incarcerated individuals commonly have problems adjusting to life outside the walls. “They really can’t make it on the outside,” Rehder said. “He is right—Social Security is probably not enough to keep him going, and he has no prospects for income.”

Krebs began his career in 1966, embezzling $72,000 from a bank where he worked in Chicago. A three-year sentence was handed down. He did another 17 years in Arizona for theft and armed robbery convictions and served more than 30 years in prison for a 1981 bank robbery in Florida.

“Krebs is a rarity in the world of bank robbery, where it’s unusual for elderly people to hold up lending institutions. Typically, bank robbers are in their 20s,” said Rehder.

“Defendant’s criminal history extends over 50 years beginning with serving a prison term of three years for committing bank embezzlement in 1966 in Chicago, Illinois,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “The defendant did not appear remorseful for his criminal conduct and admitted he wanted to get caught and go back to the prison system.”

Prosecutors went on to say that Klebs researched the surveillance at the bank, planning his robbery for when female tellers would be working. His next step was to escape to the Tucson Mall across the street to retrieve a wheelchair he had stashed at a Sears department store. Mall security cameras showed him emerging from a dressing room wearing different clothes, then proceeding to cruise around the mall for hours in the wheelchair.

“Defendant was proud of his criminal history in that he bragged to a motel clerk on several occasions by showing her newspaper clippings of prior offenses which mentioned his name,” prosecutors said in the court document. Prosecutors also said they believe that even at his age, Klebs is a danger to society, has employed violence in the past, and is at high-risk for recidivism.

Frank Webster

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