Update: 4:10 p.m.: Evanston police say two suspects are now in custody in connection with a holdup this morning at the Bank of America branch at Chicago Avenue and Greenwood Street.

Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says the robbery happened about 11 a.m. when a black male in his 40s, wearing a stocking cap, a white button-down shirt and dark pants approached  a bank teller at her window.

The subject didn’t show a weapon, but presented a note demanding money. The teller handed over an undetermined amount of cash, which the robber stuffed in his pants pocket. The robber then fled the bank, leaving by the west doors facing the parking lot.

What the robber didn’t know was that along with the money, the teller had given him a GPS tracking device.

That allowed police to follow his moves as he and an accomplice drove south through Evanston and along Chicago’s lakefront, finally ending up in the 8000 block of South Yates Boulevard, where they reportedly were taken into custody about noon without incident by Chicago and Evanston officers.

Police say they recovered a fake handgun and the robbery proceeds from the suspects.

Evanston and Chicago police along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are conducting a joint investigation. The identities of the suspects are being withheld pending the filing of charges, which are expected tomorrow.

Top: Police cars block the entrance to the bank parking lot.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. GPS tracking device for bicycle sting.

    The Police can use the GPS on a bicycle sting. The Lightning GPS Spark Nano is the size of a 9-volt battery, this can be put inside any bicycle seat,you can track from your cell phone or the web.

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