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Texas police were able to track gas station robbery suspects one step at a time thanks to a GPS monitor hidden in the stolen money, leading to their eventual arrest after a high-speed chase.
San Antonio police say an armed suspect allegedly stopped a Circle K around 11 p.m. Monday at 5900 block of Gibbs Sprawl Road, near Rittiman Road on the northeast side, WOAI-TV reported.
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After allegedly putting a gun in the shop assistant’s face and demanding money from the drawer, the suspect made off with the stolen money and fled with his getaway driver, KENS5 also reported. But the two men initially didn’t realize that a GPS device in their loot allowed the police to follow them turn by turn.
When police approached the suspects, they found the tracker and threw it out a window. They then stopped the car and tried to run away. One of the suspects has been arrested.
The other managed to escape before police used K9 units and a helicopter to follow him to a nearby mobile home, where he peacefully surrendered after a brief standoff.
The tracker was in someone’s front yard, still working, and still had some cash on it.
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Both suspects have been jailed for violent theft.