Stock Photo by Sean Locke www.digitalplanetdesign.comIt’s incredible that in today’s world, people still think they can get away with bank robbery. Surely, there are some criminal master-minds who can successfully steal from a bank, but for the most part, financial institutions are very secure. There are cameras in every bank, and typically there is at least one guard on duty. However, it’s GPS tracking technology that’s really catching these bank robbers. If you pay any attention to news sources, there are multiple stories published about bank robberies foiled by GPS tracking devices. One would think that the criminal element might catch on, but a recent incident proves the opposite.

 

Stock Photo by Sean Locke www.digitalplanetdesign.com

Stock Photo by Sean Locke
www.digitalplanetdesign.com

Most, if not all, bank tellers are prepared for an attempted robbery. One of the newer tactics against bank robberies is having a decoy bundle of cash, equipped with a discrete GPS tracking device, ready. This way, when tellers are told to put the cash in the bag, they covertly slip in the decoy bills in with the rest of the money. The burglar thinks he or she has made away with a bundle of cash, not a tracking device that will lead police right to his or her doorstep. This is more or less exactly what happened to 33-year-old Teshawanda F. Herbert, who was charged with bank robbery in Chicago in late August 2012.

 

The woman reportedly tried to withdraw cash from a nonexistent account at Popular Community Bank a few days prior to allegedly holding up the same bank. Around noon on a Tuesday, Herbert approached the same teller who, a few days prior, wouldn’t give her money from an account that didn’t exist. According to the police report, Herbert handed the teller a note stating that she was robbing the bank, telling the teller that her husband was waiting for her in the parking lot. The teller slipped a GPS tracking device into the bag of cash, and let the woman escape before contacting police. Law enforcement tracked her quickly, and turned her over to the FBI for investigation.

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