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Saturday
Dec012012

Man Accused of Robbing Bank an Hour After His Release

Lane County Jail (EUGENE, Ore.) -- An Oregon man could very well have set a record for the shortest stretch of time between lockups, requiring a mere 55 minutes to land himself back in jail after being released.

Christopher Franklin Weaver, 33, walked out of Lane County Jail as one of 32 recently released inmates on Friday, walked about a mile or so and allegedly promptly robbed a bank, police in Eugene, Ore., said.

He was caught by authorities at the Pacific Continental Bank and returned to Lane County Jail. Nobody was injured during the alleged robbery.

“This is pretty fast, someone getting released at 11:00 and then they arrive back 55 minutes later,” Sgt. Carrie Carver of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News.  ”I can’t say it’s the shortest time, but it’s certainly the most notable because of the nature of the crime.”

Law enforcement in Lane County was forced to release 32 inmates, including Weaver, in order to balance the budget for the year, Carver said.

The released inmates were imprisoned on charges ranging from assault and sex abuse to drug possession and drunk driving. Weaver was incarcerated for parole violations for sex abuse and for unlawful use of a vehicle.

Officials at the Lane County Sheriff’s Office could not confirm whether or not Weaver, who now faces federal bank robbery charges, has been assigned an attorney.

Magistrate Judge Tom Coffin ruled Weaver a flight risk at his initial hearing in U.S. District Court and he will be locked up for “as long as the feds pay for that bed,” Carver said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio