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Professor robs banks while recording the acts as an art project

By Mason White 11:54 AM January 12, 2015
Joseph Gibbons 

By: Wayne Morin
A professor was arrested after he robbed banks as part of an art project.

Joseph Gibbons, a filmmaker and “visual artist,” took his art to a whole new level by robbing banks in New York, and recording the robbery, authorities said.

Gibbons, 61, who taught for a decade in one of the most prestigious universities in the world, was robbing banks as part of his latest art project.

Gibbons was charged Friday, with theft after allegedly making off with $1,000 from a Capital One branch in Manhattan.

After he was arrested, Gibbons boasted to other inmates that his crime was done for the sake of art.

Police said that Gibbons entered the bank about 2:00 p.m., with a video camera in hand and politely handed the teller a note demanding a donation to his church, according to court documents.

After hearing about the arrest of Gibbons, Police in Rhode Island, said that they have been looking for Gibbons, who robbed a bank in a similar way two months ago and made off with $3,000 in cash, authorities said.

A judge set bail at $50,000 after a lawyer for Gibbons confirmed that his client was mentally stable.