MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A federal judge has sentenced a bank robber nicknamed the "SpongeBob Bandit" to 37 years in a prison -- not a pineapple under the sea.
Police gave Clyde Scott Thompson the nickname because he put loot from a Minneapolis branch bank robbery in April in a bag with the image of the popular animated cartoon character "SpongeBob Square Pants, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The cartoon character lives in a pineapple underwater.
A dye pack exploded after a teller handed over the money and stained currency was recovered inside Thompson's car.
Thompson, 46, was convicted of armed robbery in August and ordered to pay more than $3,700 in restitution.
Thompson's attorney said in court papers her client was a career criminal who had spent 26 of the last 30 years incarcerated, the Minneapolis Star Tribune said.