CHICAGO (CBS) A Villa Park man was charged on Tuesday with stealing a bank in Lombard with fireworks set on fire that was built to look like a bomb, and then sent his wife a photo of a pillow.
The criminal complaint against Jason Bradley was handed down Tuesday by the U.S. attorney.
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In the complaint, an FBI agent reported that at 1:17 p.m. Monday, a suspect entered West Suburban Bank at 707 N. Main St. in Lombard and gave the branch manager a note that read: “I need everything from your drawer or WE ALL DIE !!!”
The robber then got the zipper off his sweatshirt and revealed a device that was strapped to his waist and which appeared to be a bomb, the agent reported.
The branch manager said the robber gestured towards his waist to the apparent bomb – which contained several white sticks and a red stick with black wires attached to them, the agent reported. The device appeared to be the duct tape, the agent reported.
The branch manager said she handed the note to the cashier behind the window, who pressed an emergency button on the cashier. The recycler disposes of a predetermined amount of cash and released $ 800 to the robber, the agent reported.
The robber then left the bank and boarded a silver Chevrolet Cruze with Illinois license plate CS50482 – which was registered to Bradley at a Villa Park address, the agent reported.
Around 2 p.m. the same day, law enforcement began monitoring Bradley’s house in Villa Park, the agent reported. Bradley was seen leaving the house on foot wearing the same red T-shirt and blue jeans that the robber had been wearing, the agent reported.
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Bradley went back inside, but at. At 6:40 p.m., he came outside again to smoke a cigarette on the front steps, the agent reported.
Bradley was arrested at the time. He had $ 747 with him, the agent reported.
The bank director identified Bradley positively, though the cashier identified another, the agent reported.
Meanwhile, law enforcement tracked down Bradley’s wife’s phone number and left her an answering machine asking to search the house, the agent reported. When he arrived, Bradley’s wife told agents he had called her around 5:45 p.m. Monday and said he had robbed a bank and dropped his car in Elmhurst, the agent reported.
He told her he had strapped fireworks to his chest and had handed over a note to a cashier, and then had sent her a picture of a handful of cash, the agent announced.
A picture of the captioned photo shows that it was accompanied by the message, “Nothing? No one has been looking for me? Nothing? Wtf.”
During a search of the house, agents found a red shirt similar to the one Bradley had worn during the robbery, as well as fireworks wraps, a roll of duct tape and a notepad in accordance with the demand note, the agent reported.
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Bradley’s car was found in the 100 block of North Walnut Street in Elmhurst, the agent said.
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