(MT. VERNON, IL) — A 72-year-old Arizona man who was caught while preparing to rob a Mt. Vernon bank, pleaded guilty in Jefferson County court and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Clark W. Kirkman, of Mesa, Arizona, pleaded guilty to a Class 2 felony charge of robbery as well as Class 2 felony unlawful possession of stolen license plates. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison for both charges, to be served concurrently. Kirkman was arrested after police were notified by a JCPenney employee that Kirkman had removed the Texas license plates form the car he was driving and replaced them with Illinois licenses plates that he had just stolen from a car parked at the Times Square Mall in Mt. Vernon. Detectives from the Mt. Vernon Police Department spotted Kirkman’s car backed into a parking space at Fifth Third Bank. They then secured the bank and watched as Kirkman put on a ball cap and sunglasses. He was in the middle of writing a holdup note.

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