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.
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.