Robert Durazo, 41, was federally charged with armed credit union robbery, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, and felon in possession of a firearm.
According to the indictment, Durazo allegedly entered the credit union wearing a face covering and pointed his gun at four different employees demanding money. After collecting over $3,200 from the credit union, Durazo fled the scene, not knowing a GPS tracker was included with the money.
The device reportedly tracked Durazo’s movements past the Utah State Capitol building before continuing north along Bonneville Boulevard. For a short time, GPS data showed Durazo stopped at a North Salt Lake gas station, according to documents. A Salt Lake City officer responded to the Chevron and reported finding a Volvo registered to Durazo and Durzo digging into the ground at a nearby tomato garden.
Police said after Durazo left the gas station, he left behind “a large sum of money, three tracking devices, and a Costco receipt.”
Police later located the Volvo at a South Salt Lake apartment complex. According to the indictment, a warrant was issued to ping Durazo’s phone for a location, which pinged at the apartment complex “consistently for twelve hours.” Officers used the information to obtain and execute a search warrant for Durazo’s suspected apartment.
“Officers located $2,840 cash and a black Glock 19 handgun which resembles the same gun used in the robbery,” court documents read. “The suspect was placed under arrest and an additional $151 in cash was found on his person.”
Durazo allegedly admitted to police during questioning to robbing the credit union. An arraignment was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m.
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