Gunmen took $9,433 cash (and a GPS tracker) from North Side bank: FBI

CHICAGO — Two men are in custody, accused of taking more than $9,000 at gunpoint from a North Side bank branch Friday morning.

Federal authorities say one of the men claimed he had nothing to do with the robbery and was merely in the neighborhood for a Grindr hookup, an alibi that seemed to fall apart because his phone, a critical tool for using the gay dating app, was found on the bank’s floor.

Troy Luckett, 23, and Kendall Sullivan, 21, were arrested minutes after the robbery by cops who followed a GPS tracker hidden inside the bank’s cash, according to an FBI agent’s probable cause affidavit.

The robbers entered Byline Bank, 7050 North Western Avenue, shortly after 10 a.m. and made their way to a teller. One of them displayed a gun while the other handed a bag to a teller and told them to fill it with cash, the agent wrote. A second teller slipped a GPS tracker into a second stack of money and stuffed it into the bag.

As the robbery was unfolding, two customers entered the bank, and one of the robbers, allegedly Luckett, forced them to lie on an office floor, the FBI agent said.

Two gunmen rob the Byline Bank, 7050 North Western Avenue, on December 23, 2023. | U.S. District Court records

Chicago cops began tracking the GPS signal within eight minutes and quickly located two cars traveling together in synch with the tracker, according to the affidavit. The driver of the second car started to hit his brakes and drive slowly, apparently in an attempt to keep the police from reaching the first car, the agent explained.

But the cars split up, and police apprehended Sullivan after he ran from the first car with a bag containing $9,433, the exact amount taken from the bank, the affidavit said. Chicago cops allegedly found two pistols in the pockets of a jacket he discarded as he ran.

Sullivan later admitted to participating in the robbery, but he refused to identify his accomplice, the agent wrote.

Luckett allegedly denied participating in the robbery and told investigators he was in the area to have a Grindr hookup, the FBI agent alleged. While Luckett didn’t have a phone with him, Chicago police did find a phone on the bank floor near where Luckett allegedly stood during the holdup.

When investigators asked how he could have a Grindr hookup without a phone, Luckett replied that the police were trying to “trick” him, the FBI agent claimed.

Luckett also denied knowing Sullivan, but publicly available social media profiles show the two men are friends on Facebook, according to the FBI agent.

Investigators also found two gun storage cases in Luckett’s car that bore the serial numbers of the two guns cops allegedly recovered from Sullivan’s jacket, the agent alleged.

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