Bank robber arrested after sending wife money photo, FBI says
LOMBARD, Ill. (WBBM) – An accused bank robber in Illinois believed he got away with it until he found authorities waiting for him at his home.
Jason Bradley was accused on Tuesday of robbing a bank with a fireworks duct stuck to his waist. The criminal complaint against him was filed by the US attorney’s office.
In the complaint, an FBI agent reported that the suspect entered West Suburban Bank in Lombard, Ill., At 1:17 p.m. Monday. He was not wearing gloves or a hat, just a paper face mask. He handed the branch manager a note saying, “I need everything from your drawer or WE ALL DIE !!!” “
Bradley then opened the zipper of his sweatshirt to reveal a “device attached to his waist that looked like a bomb,” the officer reported. It was later determined that the device was just fireworks that he stuck on himself.
A cashier pressed the distress button on the cash machine, which alerted authorities via a silent alarm and distributed a predetermined $ 800 to get the thief out of the bank.
Bradley rushed into the parking lot with the money and in a Chevy Cruz, a car registered in his name at a Villa Park address, the agent reported.
At 2 p.m., just 45 minutes after Bradley entered the bank, police were under surveillance around his home, awaiting his return.
Meanwhile, law enforcement found his wife’s phone number and left a voicemail asking her to search the house, which she agreed to. Bradley’s wife told officers he called her around 5:45 p.m. Monday and told them he robbed a bank and left his car in Elmhurst.
He described the crime to her and texted her a photo of a handful of cash, all of which were traceable bills, according to the complaint. It was accompanied by the message: “Nobody is looking for me? Nothing? Wtf. “
Police arrested Bradley at around 6:40 p.m. at his home. He had $ 747 with him, the agent reported. It was not clear whether he had lost or spent the missing $ 53.
During their search of his home, officers found a red shirt that resembled the one the suspect was wearing during the theft, fireworks wrappers, a roll of duct tape and a notepad conforming to the note from demand.
Bradley’s car was in Elmhurst.
Prosecutors say Bradley’s text messages to his wife, in which he told her all about the heist, are the most incriminating evidence against him.
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