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FBI: GPS device leads cops to Aurora bank robber

Miguel A. Ramirez / phofrom FBI.

Miguel A. Ramirez / photo from FBI.

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An Aurora man was charged in federal court Monday with taking more than $7,000 at gunpoint Saturday from a bank branch in the western suburb. Police used a tracking device hidden in the cash to trace him to a gas station in nearby Oswego, where he was arrested.

Miguel A. Ramierez, 29, of the 1100 block of Comet Drive in Aurora, was arrested by Aurora police at an Oswego gas station shortly after the robbery at the PNC Bank branch in Aurora, according to an FBI release and a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court. He is charged with one count of felony bank robbery.

He walked into the bank at 77 S. Broadway in Aurora about 9:15 a.m. Saturday wearing a floppy hat and allegedly took out a gun after placing a withdrawal slip in front of a teller, the complaint said.

After he whispered “Give me all your money” to a teller, he was handed cash from the teller’s drawer, which contained a GPS tracking device and “bait money” -- meaning the bank tracked serial numbers of the individual bills, the complaint said.

Aurora Police used the tracking device to locate Ramirez’s Ford Bronco parked at a BP gas station in the 6500 block of Route 34 in Oswego, and arrested him as he left the station’s convenience store, the complaint said.

Authorities brought the teller to the gas station, and the bank employee positively identified Ramirez as the alleged robber, the complaint said. Police later searched his car and allegedly found the $7,000 in cash and a PNC Bank slip bearing the words “all the money.”

Ramirez was ordered held until his next court date, scheduled for Wednesday, the release said.

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