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Police: GPS tracking helped nab bank robbers

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

A GPS -- or global positioning -- tracking system placed in a bag of money taken in a bank robbery, helped police locate and arrest three suspects allegedly involved in the robbery, according to a Riverdale Police Department incident report.

A male suspect used a note to rob the Bank of North Georgia, located at 7384 Ga. Hwy. 85, in Riverdale, around 3:21 p.m., Monday, according to Assistant Police Chief Todd Spivey, of the Riverdale Police Department.

"[The teller] advised that she then gathered the bag of money and the GPS system attached, and handed it to him [suspect]," police said in the incident report. "The male then walked back out the front door, telling them to have a good day," the report states.

The suspect fled in what appeared to be a Nissan Altima, occupied by another male suspect and a female, the report states. "The GPS tracker was then activated, giving units updated locations of the money, relayed by Riverdale Dispatch," police wrote in the report.

The GPS tracked the vehicle north and southbound on Ga. Hwy 85, down several side streets, and ending at an urgent care center, located at 77 Upper Riverdale Rd., the report states.

The suspects were then arrested, according to Spivey. Tuesday, police released their names. They are: James Hector, 26, of Morrow; Terrance Hector, 26, of New York; and Crystal Bishop, 27, of Forest Park, according to Spivey.

Spivey said it appears that the two male suspects are cousins. All three appeared in Clayton County Magistrate Court for first appearance hearings, Tuesday, according to online court records.

Each was granted $25,000 bond, and assigned to the Clayton Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office for legal representation, according to court records.

The three were still being held in the jail Tuesday night, according to jail officials.

Meanwhile, Riverdale police are investigating whether the three are linked to other recent metro-area robberies in which suspects used notes to demand money, according to Spivey. "We're communicating with other agencies, and also looking into our prior incidents ..." he said. Spivey said the money taken from the bank on Monday was recovered.

The Clayton County's police department, Sheriff's Office, and the Georgia State Patrol assisted with the incident, according to the police report. The three suspects are scheduled to have preliminary hearings in Clayton County Magistrate Court on Dec. 15.