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Humboldt Park man charged with robbing NW Side bank

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Photos of a suspect captured a few minutes after he allegedly robbed the TCF Bank branch at 4930 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Photos courtesy of the FBI's Bandit Tracker site) Photos of a suspect captured a few minutes after he allegedly robbed the TCF Bank branch at 4930 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Photos courtesy of the FBI's Bandit Tracker site)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man arrested minutes after robbing a Northwest Side bank Sunday said he did it because he is a drug addict who's behind on his bills, according to federal prosecutors.

Brandyn Falconer, 36, of the 1000 block of North Lawndale Avenue, is charged with robbing the TCF Bank branch at 4930 N. Milwaukee Ave., according to a federal criminal complaint filed Monday. He had an initial court appearance Monday.

Falconer entered the bank about 11:20 a.m. and handed a teller a bag, saying he wanted "all the money," according to the complaint. He was carrying a long, blue bag the teller thought held a gun.

The teller filled the bag with money, including bait bills and a GPS tracking device, the complaint states. The robber left the bank with $7,346, and the teller activated the hold-up alarm and called 911.

A few minutes later, Chicago Police monitoring the GPS flash messages from the tracker followed it to North Central Avenue near West Giddings Street, according to the complaint. Officers found a man there matching the teller's description of the robber.

Falconer began to run, but officers pursued and arrested him after a brief struggle, according to the complaint. They found the red bag used in the robbery "protruding from Falconer's pants." He was then identified by the tellers as the robber.

Falconer admitted robbing the bank and said he did it because he was a drug addict who is behind on his bills, the complaint states. He told officers he used a BB gun, but removed all the ball bearings so it wouldn't be able to hurt anyone, then threw it in a dumpster as he was running from the bank.

The bag and gun were found during a canvass of the area.

Falconer is next scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a detention hearing.

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