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Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013 2:40 pm | Updated: 6:55 pm, Tue Aug 20, 2013.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WAAY) - Investigators say a man robbed a Moulton bank just to go to jail.

Rickie Lawrence Gardner, 49, Moulton is charged with robbery and first-degree theft.

Investigators say Gardner walked into the Bank Independent on Court street around 9 a.m. this morning and presented the teller with a note.

Investigators said the teller gave him the money and he walked out of the bank but didn't try to get away.

"He exited the bank, went into his car, and placed the money in the passenger side seat," said Moulton police Chief Lyndon McWhorter. "A short while later, he exited his vehicle locking the doors and sat on the bench until law enforcement arrived."

McWhorter said Gardner told investigators he was about to lose his job and needed a place to stay.

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