A professor in New York was recently arrested after filming himself robbing a bank and bragging to friends about it.
Ex-MIT art professor Joe Gibbons was charged on Friday with theft for the crime, which was committed on New Year’s Eve. According to police in Rhode Island, he had walked into a bank in Providence and politely handed a note the cashier, demanding that he hand over cash as a donation to his church. The scared cashier forked over $3,000.
Not satisfied with his robbery not making headlines, Gibbons took his bizarre ‘art’ to New York, where he succeeded to take $1,002 from a tough Capitol One bank Manhattan cashier.
According to New York Post, Gibbons proudly bragged to his family and friends – and to fellow inmates after he was jailed – that he was committing the robbery and filming it as part of his latest ‘art project.’ Later in an interview with the paper, Gibbons admitted that he was not only influenced by art, but also by a genuine desire to rob the bank – and the latter was what finally gave him the morale to do the deed.
‘What got me over the final hurdle was the desperation of not having any money and not having a place to stay, not having anything to eat, that’s what gave me the final desperation to do it,’ he said.
Gibbons was turned in to police by one of his students to whom he also bragged about the robbery. A judge set his bail at $55,000.