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HOMESTEAD (KDKA) – A bank robber is in custody thanks to a tracking device in the money he stole.
According to police, the First National Bank on West 8th Avenue in Homestead was robbed around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday.
After the robbery, the suspect – identified as 28-year-old Christian Moore of the West End – reportedly walked up West Eighth Avenue a few blocks to a jitney station.
Breanne Mitchell, a jitney driver, told police she had no idea what her passenger had allegedly done. Mitchell says the suspect first told her he wanted to go to Oakland, but then asked to be taken to Hazelwood.
“The police were following us, and I didn’t know why. They pulled us over, and they said he robbed a bank,” said Mitchell.
Inside one of the packs of stolen money was a tracking device. Police say they knew Moore’s location all along and pulled the jitney’s Saturn over on Johnston Avenue in Hazelwood.
“They took him out of the car, pulled his pants up. They handcuffed us both. They came to the car with guns out, and I didn’t understand what the hell was going on,” said Mitchell. “When all money came out, was dropping out of his pants. I didn’t know what to do, then I’m getting handcuffed ‘cause of this. This is ridiculous.”
In addition to the money, police say Moore also had a small gun in his front pants’ pocket.
“When he got out of the car, he did tell them that I had nothing to do with it, so that was cool of him. So, he’s a real man for that,” Mitchell added.
Mitchell says she’s only been on the job a few months, but says this won’t make her quit her job.
Moore was taken to the Allegheny County Jail. Police say charges are pending.