Jack Sutherland told police he robbed a Worthington bank last week because he was broke, sick and needed a place to live.

Jack Sutherland told police he robbed a Worthington bank last week because he was broke, sick and needed a place to live.

"He wanted to go back to prison," Lt. Mike Dougherty said.

Police obliged, arresting Sutherland, 60, after he allegedly held up the Chase Bank, 50 W. Wilson Bridge Road, at 5:54 p.m. on Feb. 15.

According to police, he entered the bank and handed a note to a teller indicating he had a gun, was robbing the bank and wanted cash.

No weapon was observed, and it turned out he had only a hairbrush in his pocket.

The teller gave the robber a small amount of money, which he took and walked out of the bank.

Witnesses saw him walk to the bus stop in front of the bank and sit down on a bench.

Worthington police responded to the scene and found the man still sitting on the bench, waiting patiently for police to arrive.

He was placed under arrest, and all of the money was recovered.

Sutherland told police he couldn't make it on the outside. A diabetic, he was taken to the hospital because his blood sugar level was out of control, Dougherty said.

Before robbing the bank, Sutherland reportedly went to a restaurant at Worthington Square and had a couple of beers.

But the credit card he used to pay was probably not any good, since Sutherland was broke, police said.

He has not been in prison for about 20 years, when he was jailed on drug-related charges, Dougherty said.

But he had recently fallen on hard times, and robbed a bank hoping to be sent to a federal prison. Instead, he will probably be headed to the state penitentiary, but will get his needs met, the lieutenant said.

"You got no worries," he said. "You get three meals a day, and a bed at night."

Sutherland's last known address was Ashton place in Gahanna.

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