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Prosecutors: Man who robbed Radio Shack tracked down using GPS he stole

This news story was published on April 9, 2012.
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Dan Hinkel, Chicago Tribune –

A Chicago man robbed a Radio Shack of $17,000 in merchandise, but police tracked him down quickly thanks to the global positioning equipment he stole, prosecutors said.

Raymond Jefferson, 20, is charged with tying up people who were at the South Side electronics store, stealing gear from the shop and fleeing Friday night before police captured him about two hours later. On Sunday, Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered him held on $350,000 bond on charges of armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

Jefferson was identified by witnesses as the man who robbed the store in the 2300 block of West 95th Street in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, said Assistant State’s Attorney Wendy Caceres.

Jefferson, of the 6700 block of South Evans Avenue, threatened the victims with a handgun, bound their hands with plastic ties and took their cell phones before stealing other electronics equipment from the store, Caceres said.

Among the stolen items, however, was global positioning gear that led officers to Jefferson, Caceres said, and he was arrested in the 3700 block of West Lawrence Avenue in the Albany Park neighborhood.

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