Man Nabbed For Darien Bank Robbery By GPS Tracker, Police Say

A 42-year-old man has been charged with a bank robbery after a GPS device placed in the money bag led to the vehicle used during the heist in Connecticut.

<p>Joshua Riley

Joshua Riley

Photo Credit: Darien Police Department

The suspect was charged with robbery on Friday, Nov. 10 after he was extradited on a warrant from a Massachusetts correctional facility for the crime that took place in 2021 in Fairfield County

on Friday, Dec. 24, 2021, officers in the town of Darien responded to the Peoples Bank located at 25 Old Kings Highway on an active hold-up alarm. 

While responding to the bank, officers were advised that a GPS tracker was on the move and was heading northbound on I-95, according to Sgt. Dan Skoumbros of the Darien Police.

The bank manager told officers that a man, later identified as Joshua Riley, of Bellingham, in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, entered the bank and jumped the counter without saying anything. 

The GPS tracker was giving a location on Sherwood Island in Westport, Skoumbros said.

A blue vehicle was located in the parking lot, unoccupied, and was determined to contain the GPS tracker. Police officers from the Woonsocket Rhode Island Police Department made contact with the registered owner of the vehicle, who told officers that he lent his vehicle to Riley, Skoumbros added.

While searching the vehicle detectives recovered $2,746. Also sealed within the money packs were two GPS trackers. 

In January 2022, an arrest warrant was approved for Riley with a court-set bond of $250,000. 

Riley was processed and is due in Stamford Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 20.

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