New Jersey: GPS Aids FBI in Nabbing Bank Robber

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Authorities in Randolph, NJ report a quick thinking teller at a local PNC Bank gave a robber more than he bargained for when that teller snuck a GPS tracking device in with the money, leading police right to the thief, 34 year old Rahman Fulton.

 

Fulton, of Randolph, has been charged with one count of bank robbery. FBI Special Agent James Scartozzi, in a criminal complaint filed in federal court, said that Fulton walked into the PNC Bank located on Route 10 with a black mask over his head and face, handgun in hand, demanding the teller give him money.

 

That teller handed over $1,777 and a little surprise: a GPS unit. Fulton was described by bank employees as being between 6 feet and 6-foot-3, and weighing somewhere between 200 and 230 pounds, and according to the complaint filed with the court, Fulton fits this description perfectly.

 

The FBI tracked Fulton’s movements thanks to the GPS device, which showed him driving directly to his home following the robbery. He remained at home for several minutes, and then headed out to an adjoining backyard. Later, during the recovery process, authorities found two pieces of the GPS later on in that backyard. Surveillance video captured by a neighbor shows Fulton flinging two small objects from his house, landing in that same backyard, according to the complaint.

 

Police spoke to those in the neighborhood, and upon speaking to Fulton regarding his whereabouts, they determined he was lying. He told police he had been at work all day, but in fact, he had called out due to illness.

 

If Fulton is convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the robbery.

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