Crime A Young Man’s Game? Apparent Robber Is 91.

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Red Rountree had been out of prison only 13 months and was up to his old tricks, the Houston Chronicle reports. He walked into an Abilene bank this week, handed a clerk a handwritten note that said “ROBBERY,” and assured her that it meant just that. An hour later, after a change of clothes, he was tooling down U.S. 84, with $2,000 in his pocket, when the cops pulled him over.

Now, he could go to a federal penitentiary for the rest of his life, which could be a short sentence. J.L. Hunter Rountree, a former Houston industrialist turned old hippie and bank robber, will be 92 in December. “I don’t recall us arresting a person this old,” said Sgt. Mike Perry, an Abilene detective. “He didn’t seem to have any difficulty recalling what he had done.”

The Chronicle profiles a man who turned to crime in his old age. Rountree had earlier told the Orlando Sentinel, “What does a 90-year-old man do?,” he asked. “I might rob another bank. I’m not saying I will or I won’t. But, hey, I might need to.”

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