MOULTON — Moulton police said officers found the suspect in a morning bank robbery sitting on a nearby bench after putting the cash in his car.
Rickie Lawrence Gardner, 49, of 7667 Alabama 33, was arrested after the robbery at Bank Independent.
Gardner went into the bank with a note stating he carried a weapon, and the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money, Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter said. Gardner walked out of the building with the cash, entered his 2003 white Ford Explorer and placed the money in the passenger seat of the vehicle. He then exited the vehicle and sat on a bench in front of the bank until police responded to the call shortly after 9 a.m.
Gardner told police that after suffering a leg injury from a four-wheeler, he was afraid he was going to lose his job at International Paper and needed a place to stay.
Gardner is held in Lawrence County Jail on charges of first-degree theft and first-degree robbery. The cash was returned to Bank Independent.
The last bank robbery in Moulton was at CB&S Bank in September 2008.