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Octogenarian Admits To Bank Heist


Kansas City, Mo. – The lure of bank robbery, apparently, knows no age restrictions. An 80-year-old Kansas City man today admitted his crime.

Retired railroad engineer Augusta Cannon told a U.S. District Judge he went to UMB Bank at 103rd and Stateline Road three days before Christmas last year. He held a pellet gun on a teller, demanded money and got nearly $9,000.

It was his second try. Just before, he'd been turned down at US Bank on Blue Ridge Boulevard. His motives were mixed. He told investigators he wanted to help poor kids. An acquaintance said Cannon paid off a debt worth several hundred dollars.

The prosecutor will recommend probation, in light of Cannon's military service and his guilty plea.


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