Suspected bank robber gets bag of cash with GPS device, leading police straight to him

We also have a Stupid Criminal Of The Day story for you today.

A tip for morons who think robbing banks is a smart idea: bring your own bag to put the money in. The bank’s bag is designed to help catch you.

Which this particular moron discovered, to his woe

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An accused bank robber got busted, thanks to GPS technology that led police straight to his front door.

Gregory Burgin, 58, is now federally charged with bank robbery and carrying a firearm during a violent crime.

Prosecutors believe Burgin was one of two men who on Saturday morning held up Bank Midwest on Brookside Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo. They got away with more than $8,000.

Little did they know, the bank teller stashed a small GPS device in the bag of stolen cash, which helped authorities track down and arrest Burgin at his home in the 4900 block of Euclid Avenue, according to federal court documents.

“The upside to the GPS is that now we can follow the money,” explained Michael Tabman, a former FBI agent.

“So rather than confronting somebody or arresting them on the spot as they leave the bank, or they’re on their getaway, we can see where they’re going, if they go to a stash house, let’s say, if there are other people involved, the co-conspirators…”

Tabman said more banks are now using this GPS technology to zero in on robbery suspects – an upgrade from long-used dye packs that explode and destroy the money.

“It`s just the natural evolution of law enforcement technology,” Tabman said. “I’m sure 5-10 years from now we’ll be talking about a newer and better technology.”

Burgin had already spent a lengthy stint in jail for a second-degree murder conviction. Maybe that’s the reason he was unaware he was essentially stealing a homing beacon.

It’s funny, because Dinesh D’Souza’s book Stealing America, which he wrote after having to spend eight months of nights in a halfway house with every kind of criminal imaginable after getting charged with the heinous crime of using a couple of friends as straw campaign donors to help out a college pal who was running a hopeless campaign for the U.S. Senate, has as its central premise the fact that few of those criminals bothered denying they were guilty. The premise was that they knew they were villains but they were the small fry; the real bad guys never get caught because they’re a lot smarter than the crooks at that halfway house. The real bad guys, D’Souza learned from his roommates, are the folks who run the system.

Mr. Burgin will have lots of time to ruminate over this and other topics while spending the rest of his able-bodied years behind bars.

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