A woman is in FBI custody after police used a GPS device to track her down following a Dunning neighborhood bank robbery, authorities said today.
The woman was arrested in connection with the Tuesday robbery of the Popular Community Bank, 7181 W. Irving Park Road, about 15 minutes after the holdup abut noon Tuesday, according to police.
Teshawanda F. Herbert, 33, of the 4000 block of North Leamington Avenue, was charged with bank robbery and appeared this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier, who ordered her held without bail until a hearing Friday, according to the FBI.
A bank employee told police the woman was in the bank on Saturday, and tried to withdraw money from what turned out to be a nonexistent account, according to a police report.
On Tuesday, the woman again went into the bank and went up to the same teller she had tried to get money from on Saturday, the teller told police. On Tuesday, the woman took out a bag and a note that declared she was robbing the bank, according to a police report.
The woman, who the FBI said was wearing a wig, a pink top and a black hat, kept her hand in her shoulder bag during the robbery, and told the teller that her husband was outside the bank, waiting for her, so “hurry up,” according to the report.
The teller emptied his cash drawer, and the robber put the money—which had a concealed GPS tracking device--in the bag, along with the note, then fled east through the bank parking lot. Jefferson Park District officers alerted by the GPS device found a woman matching the description of the robber in the 3900 block of North Nottingham Avenue, police said.
In the woman’s handbag, police found a wig and a pink sweater, along with other clothing, the cash believed to have come from the robbery, and a robbery note, according to the report.
After the woman was brought to the Jefferson Park District station, she was turned over to the FBI. An FBI spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment, but the agency’s Bandit Tracker Web site lists the suspect in the robbery as having been caught.
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