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.
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.