'SpongeBob Bandit' sentenced to 37 years

Nov. 10, 2005 at 11:06 AM
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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.

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