Hidden GPS leads police to fleeing bank robber

Tribune reporter

A man who held up a bank Sunday morning in the Jefferson Park neighborhood was nabbed shortly afterward with the help of a GPS chip placed in the bundles of cash, police said.

The FBI had no information about charges this morning but said the man remains in custody.

At 11:22 a.m. Sunday, the 36-year-old man from the Humboldt Park neighborhood walked away from the TCF Bank branch at 4930 N. Milwaukee Ave. on the Far Northwest Side with two bags of money -– and a GPS chip that authorities used to find him, police said.

The robber, who said he had a gun but did not show it, entered the bank wearing gloves, a blue hooded jacket, glasses with a black frames, and was carrying a red canvas bag and a blue canvas bag, police and the FBI said.

He demanded money from the teller while displaying a "black object" inside a blue bag, according to a police report.

He fled on foot after getting the cash and authorities were alerted that the monies were "moving westbound" from the bank, the report said.

He was arrested ten minutes later -- at 11:32 a.m. -- a short distance away in the 4500 block of North Central Avenue, police said.

The FBI is investigating.

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