caught red-handed: to catch someone in the act of doing something wrong or illegal
Apologetic 78-Year-Old Bank Robber Confuses Police
A 78-year-old woman, Bonnie Gooch, has been caught after robbing a bank in Missouri. During the robbery, she gave the bank teller a note that said, “Thank you sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you.” Bonnie
She escaped with $13,000 in a car with a handicapped parking registration. She was soon caught red-handed in a parking lot with the money on the floor of her car. Police Chief Tommy Wright said, “When officers first approached her, they were kind of confused… It’s a little old lady who steps out… We weren’t sure initially that we had the right person.”
Gooch has a history of bank robbery, one in 1977 and another in 2020. She is currently in jail with a bail of $25,000.
There has been a rise in elderly criminals in countries like the US, England, South Korea, and Japan. In the US, the proportion of prisoners over 50 years old has doubled since 2000. This increase may be due to aging populations and problems such as poverty and loneliness faced by seniors.
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