Robber ditched the bank’s GPS tracker, but kept holdup note in his car: FBI

The bank robber displays his hold-up note in this TCF Bank surveillance photo. (U.S. District Court records)

CHICAGO — A suburban bank robber was smart enough to remove a GPS tracker from the bank’s cash and was dumb enough to keep the hold-up note in his car after the job was done. That’s according to an FBI agent who filed a federal felony complaint against Eric Valentine of Burbank.

Valentine, who has been convicted of bank robbery before, was originally charged with the robbery about a month after it unfolded at the TCF Bank, 7910 South Cicero, in Burbank on October 22, 2019. But a federal judge tossed the case earlier this month because prosecutors violated the Speedy Trial Act, an FBI agent said in a new complaint to support re-filing of the charge.

The agent’s filing said Valentine robbed the bank by showing the teller a checkbook that contained a note. It said something to the effect of “This is a robbery, give me all the money,” according to the agent.

“Hurry up, come on, give me all the money out of your drawer. $100s, $50s, $20s, whatever you have in your drawer,” Valentine allegedly demanded. ‘Everything except the dye pack.”

Contrary to his request, the teller handed him a stack of cash that contained a dye pack and a GPS tracker.

Valentine took a wrapper off the cash and sorted through the bills. He stopped and tossed a few that concealed a GPS device on the counter.

“I didn’t want this,” he allegedly complained. “I told you not to give me the dye pack.”

He then bolted to his car with about $482 of the bank’s money.

Investigators identified him through the bank robber’s getaway car and staked out his house. They arrested him when he came outside later the same day.

Valentine gave police permission to search his car, according to the complaint. The search turned up a blue Chase Bank checkbook issued to Valentine. There was a note written on the back page of the checkbook, the agent claimed:

“Robbery No Dye No Bait No GPS Remove Strips”

Valentine received an 81-month prison sentence for his last bank robbery, said the agent. He picked up another two-year sentence after he got out for violating the terms of his supervised release.

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