Police were able to locate a man accused of robbing an Aurora bank Saturday morning just 20 minutes after the heist thanks to a GPS unit bundled in the cash.
A teller at a PNC branch, 77 S. Broadway, told authorities that a man approached her at about 9:15 a.m. Saturday and placed a withdrawal slip on the counter while pulling out a gun, according to a federal complaint filed Monday.
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The teller could not read the writing on the slip, but the suspect whispered, "give me all your money," according to the complaint. The teller then filled a gray plastic bag that the suspect brought with him with $7,026 and the man fled, according to the complaint.
The teller included a global positioning system tracking device and "bait money" with prerecorded serial numbers in the bag, which police were able to track down at about 9:35 a.m.
The GPS signal lead FBI agents to a Ford Bronco parked at a BP gas station at 6501 U.S. Route 34 in Oswego. The vehicle was empty and parked at a gas pump, according to Aurora police. An officer spotted they gray plastic bag with a large amount of money in the center console and agents saw a suspect matching the robber's description inside the business, according to the complaint.
Miguel A. Ramirez was arrested as he exited the store, and admitted to robbing the bank during a subsequent interview telling law enforcement he was "desperate," according to the federal complaint.
Ramirez also gave officers permission to search the Ford Bronco, where they found a bank slip note with the words "All the money," on it, more than $7,000 in cash in the plastic bag, the clothing that he was seen wearing during the robbery, and a BB gun, according to the complaint.
Police said the serial numbers on some bills in the bag included the bait bills taken during the robbery.