A MAN TRIED to rob a Pennsylvania bank of $1 because he hoped to be sent to a federal prison nearby.
Jeffrey McMullen, a 50-year-old regular customer of an AmeriServ bank in the western Pennsylvania town of Northern Cambria, handed notes to two tellers demanding just one dollar, according to a police complaint reported by The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown.
The tellers thought it was a joke, police said. He then spoke with a new accounts employee and repeated he was robbing the bank of one dollar.
Police say McMullen apparently wanted to be prosecuted federally so he could be taken to a prison in central Pennsylvania.
McMullen awaits a preliminary hearing.
Under terms set by a Northern Cambria district judge, he must undergo a mental evaluation and post $50,000 bail in order to win release from jail.
One note given to tellers said:
FBI custody. Preferbly (sic) Loretto Pa. No press. Seal all files.
Police took that to be a request that McMullen hoped authorities would not publicise his case.
The other note said:
Federal bank robbery. Please hand over $1.00.