Bank robber caught by authorities using GPS technology

(DeLand, FL) - A bank robber's getaway was short-lived after a bank employee helped authorities swiftly track down the suspect's location.

Robert Burson, 41, was arrested and charged with robbery without a firearm and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

Witnesses told police that Burson at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday entered TD Bank, 351 East New York Avenue, and showed a threatening note to a bank teller demanding money. The teller followed bank protocol and gave Burson a bag of cash, which police were able to track using GPS technology.

Volusia County deputies assisted in the response and set up a road block at the Volusia-Lake County line and alerted responding units to a truck driven by a man that matched the description of the suspect. Burson was detained by a DeLand Police Officer about 10 minutes after the bank robbery was reported.

After being placed in handcuffs, Burson was found with cash on him. Other evidence was found in his vehicle. Witnesses were later able to positively identify Burson as the would-be bank robber.

Burson was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail where he remains in custody.


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