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Utah man allegedly robs bank for $1 and demands to go to federal prison

Donald Santacroce, 65, walked into a Salt Lake City bank Monday and demanded just $1.

He then insisted on waiting for the police to come and arrest him so he could go to federal prison, NBC News reports.

The incident occurred in the Wells Fargo Bank near South Main Street.

Santacroce allegedly passed the cashier a note that read: “Please forgive me for doing this, but this is robbery. Please give me $1.00 Thank you.”

He then asked the bank employees to call the police and proceeded to sit in the bank lobby complaining about the time it took for the police to arrive.

“Donald made a statement to the victims that they were lucky (he) didn’t have a gun because the police were taking a long time to arrive,” the arrest affidavit read.

While waiting, the bank branch manager locked the employees in the back room for their safety. No injuries were reported in the incident.

When the police finally arrived, Santacroce handed them the $1 bill and explained that he entered the bank with the intent to rob it, which is a federal crime. He also told the officers that if he was released from prison, he would rob another bank.

As of Wednesday, information about why Santacroce wanted to go to federal prison was not available from the Salt Lake City Police Department.

He was also arrested the previous week by the Utah Highway Patrol for a DUI and careless driving investigation.

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