Bank robbing isn’t what it used to be. It’s been quite a while since the gangsters of the 1920s could go on bank robbing sprees. With cameras, police guards, and other security measures taken over the years, it seems nearly impossible to get away with a bank robbery. Still, desperate thieves cannot seem to resist the piles of cash stored in these buildings. Unfortunately for them, and fortunately for the banks and citizens trusting their money is safe, GPS tracking technology has made bank robbery even more unsuccessful. With GPS tracking devices getting smaller and more affordable every year, they are becoming very effective theft recovery systems. By placing these devices on valuable property, like say, a stack of $20 bills being shoved into a bag at gunpoint, police can locate and return said property, often catching the thief red-handed.
Earlier this month, a 29-year-old man made off with more than $7 thousand after a bank robbery in Aurora, Illinois. Unbeknownst to him, a tiny GPS tracking device was hidden between the bills hastily shoved into his gray plastic bag. Miguel A. Ramirez is the primary suspect in the bank robbery, which took place around 9:15 a.m. at a PNC Bank branch, located at 77 S. Broadway. According to witnesses, Ramirez handed the teller a withdrawal slip which read, “all the money,” and pulled, what turned out to be, a BB gun out of his waistband. The teller was unable to read the slip, forcing Ramirez to whisper, “Give me all your money.” The teller proceeded to place the $7,026 from the register into the plastic bag. Ramirez allegedly grabbed the money, stuffed the gun back into his waistband, and fled the scene.
Police were alerted right away, and followed the signal emanating from the GPS tracking device to a BP gas station pump at 6501 U.S. Highway 34 in Oswego. By 9:35 a.m., police spotted Ramirez, who they recognized from the bank’s surveillance tapes, inside the BP store. An officer located the money bag inside an empty Ford Bronco, parked at the gas station. According to police, Ramirez turned quickly and appeared to start a conversation on his cell phone when he saw that police had arrived. He was arrested and is currently awaiting trail.