A tracking device embedded in a stack of bills swiped from a bank teller in San Marcos led sheriff’s deputies to the suspected robber, authorities said.
The holdup occurred at the Navy Federal Credit Union on Center Drive near state Route 78 and Nordahl Road about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday.
The thief — wearing a black motorcycle helmet with a sun visor, black gloves, a gray sweatshirt and a black backpack — took out what appeared to be a gun and demanded money from three tellers, authorities said.
Each teller handed over cash, with three tracking devices hidden among the bills, authorities said.
The robber discovered two of the trackers and tossed them out after he left.
Deputies sent to the bank found the tossed-out devices, then tracked the third to Cedar Street near Borden Road, about three miles away from the bank.
They arrived at the location as the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Jarrell Dent, got out of a white Chevrolet Malibu. The car, registered to Dent’s grandfather, was reported stolen Tuesday, authorities said.
Inside the Malibu deputies found evidence including cash, a tracking device, a black Airsoft gun and clothing that matched the clothes the robber wore to the bank, authorities said.
Dent has been charged with one count of bank robbery.
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