SOUTH BEND -- A woman robbed a South Bend bank Monday afternoon, authorities said, but she didn’t get to enjoy her spoils for long.
It took South Bend police only about 36 minutes from the first report of the robbery to take the alleged suspect into custody, Capt. Phil Trent said.
It began just before 3 p.m. Monday when a woman, dressed all in camouflage, walked into 1st Source Bank, 2323 S. Michigan St., and handed the teller a note demanding cash.
“From the information we’ve gathered, it was done nonverbally,” Trent said. “There was no weapon shown. I’m not sure if there was an implied threat or a threat in the note, but there was no weapon seen or recovered.”
Trent said that, after receiving a sum of cash, the female suspect ran out of the bank and was last seen running south.
The suspect fled with more than just cash, however, Trent said. The teller also slipped in a dye pack and a GPS tracking device.
“We flooded the area with officers and located her in a residence in the 2500 block of South Michigan Street,” Trent said. “We believe we recovered everything that was taken, including the clothing used in the robbery.”
Trent said the GPS tracking technology has been available in this area for more than three or four years.
Trent said the devices are managed through a third-party vendor who manufactures the devices and contracts with financial institutions for their use. There is no cost to law enforcement agencies for their component, Trent said.
“Different institutions decide on the measures they want to employ,” Trent said. “It’s a costly financial outlay for a financial institution on their end. It has worked very, very well the times it has been deployed.”