Palm Beach Man Robs Bank After Gambling His Money Away

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014  |  Updated 1:39 PM EDT
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A 73-year-old man told authorities he robbed a Fort Pierce bank because he's on a fixed income and had gambled his money away on horses and Texas Hold 'em.

St. Lucie County Sheriff's officials say he put black underwear over his face and took a loaded shotgun into a TD Bank on Wednesday.

The Palm Beach Post reports the man ordered two bank employees out of their offices. He told them to go to the teller counter, where he placed a Wal-Mart bag on the counter and ordered them to fill it with cash.

He ordered employees to the ground and told them to count to 100.

A bank robbery detection device helped deputies track him down. He faces charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery with a weapon.

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