Bank robber arrested while waiting for a Pace bus to pick him up 500 feet from the bank: FBI

Images of the bank robber, his note, and the cash he stole. (U.S. District Court files)

CHICAGO — A suburban bank robber unwisely decided to rely on public transportation to whisk him away from the crime scene on Monday afternoon, a federal criminal complaint says. Nearly 20 minutes after the robbery, police found him standing at a bus shelter 500 feet from the bank, still waiting for his bus to arrive.

Larnie Brewer handed a note to a teller at the Byline Bank, 11211 Cermak Road in Westchester, around 4:17 p.m., an FBI agent wrote in the complaint.

“Robbery 100’s – 50’s – 20’s NO Die Pack or I will Kill you where you stand,” the note read. “After Giving me the money Step Back and sit on your hands for 30 seconds You Are being watched”

The teller handed over money and a hidden tracking device from his drawer and handed them to Brewer, the agent alleged. Brewer again demanded $100 bills but departed with the given cash after the teller claimed he had none.

A full 23 minutes later, cops followed the tracker to a bus stop located 500 feet from the bank and found Brewer standing there with a mask around his neck. As the cops spoke with Brewer, the bank’s tracking device began making noise inside a bag he was holding, the agent alleged.

“I did it, it was me,” Brewer allegedly uttered.

Investigators allegedly found $710 and an electronic tracker inside a backpack he concealed within an Aldi shopping bag. They also found sunglasses and purple gloves matching items the bank robber wore.

Brewer is charged with bank robbery.

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