Boston Police Used GPS Tracker To Find Man Suspected Of Robbing TD Bank

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Police used a GPS tracker in stolen bills to track down a man they suspected of robbing a local bank on Tuesday.

At around 12:30 P.M., officers heard reports of a bank robbery at the TD Bank at 250 Cambridge Street in Boston. A witness later told police that a man walked into the bank and wrote “I have a bomb on me give me 3,000 in hundreds” on a deposit slip before passing it to the teller. The teller then gave the man about $2,000 and he left, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden's office.

The suspect, later identified as Joseph Campbell, of Boston, was unaware that the bills had a GPS tracker between them allowing police to track him down. After Campbell left the bank, bank employees triggered a panic alarm alerting police of the incident. Officers then tracked down the suspect to Park Street station and arrested him, D.A. Hayden's office said.

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Police were able to recover the pen used to write the ransom note at the bank, the note, the GPS tracker, and $1,888 in cash. Boston Police found that Campbell had a record of thefts and assaults dating back to the 90s in both Utah and Massachusetts.

“Great credit has to go to the bank employees here. They maintained their composure in a frightening situation and took essential steps to lead police directly to the person responsible. This mix of technology and human alertness should be a caution to any others thinking of committing such a crime—you won’t succeed,” D.A. Hayden said in a statement.

Campbell, 59, was charged with armed robbery and held on $10,000 bail and was ordered to stay away from TD Bank and the victims. He is set to return to court on February 16.

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