Jason Bradley accused of robbing a bank in Lombard using fireworks glued to his waist designed to look like a bomb, sending his wife a silver photo


LOMBARD, Illinois (CBS) – A Villa Park man was charged on Tuesday with robbing a bank in Lombard with fireworks taped to his waist that looked like a bomb, and authorities said he then sent his wife a photo of a wad of banknotes.

The criminal complaint against Jason Bradley was released Tuesday by the US attorney’s office.

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In the complaint, an FBI agent reported that at 1:17 p.m. Monday, a suspect entered the West Suburban Bank at 707 N. Main St. in Lombard and gave the branch manager a note that read: “J need everything from your drawer or WE ALL GO DIE !!! “

As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, surveillance footage of the man entering the bank shows the suspect entering without gloves or a hat – his first oops.

The thief then opened the zipper on his sweatshirt, revealing a device attached to his waist that appeared to be a bomb, the officer reported.

Lombard bank robbery

The branch manager said the thief gestured his waist towards the apparent bomb – which contained several white sticks and a red stick with black wires connected to them, the agent reported. The device appeared to be taped, the officer reported.

A bomb was not. It was actually fireworks – another oops.

The branch manager said she handed the note to the cashier behind the window, who pressed a distress button on the Teller Cash Recycler. The recycler distributes a predetermined amount of money and hands the thief $ 800, the agent reported.

The thief then left the bank and got into a silver Chevrolet Cruze with the Illinois license plate CS50482 – which was registered in Bradley’s name at a Villa Park address, the agent reported.

Lombard bank robbery

At around 2 p.m. the same day, less than 45 minutes after the robbery, law enforcement began monitoring Bradley’s house in Villa Park, the officer reported. Bradley was seen walking out of the house wearing the same red t-shirt and blue jeans the thief was wearing, the officer reported.

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Bradley got inside, but at 6:40 p.m. he came back outside to smoke a cigarette on the front steps, the officer reported.

Bradley was arrested at this time. He had $ 747 with him, the agent reported. It was not clear whether he had lost or spent the $ 53 that had disappeared from the $ 800 he had received from the bank.

The bank manager positively identified Bradley, although the cashier identified someone else, the agent reported.

Meanwhile, law enforcement found Bradley’s wife’s phone number and left a voicemail asking her to search the house, the officer reported. Upon arrival, Bradley’s wife told officers he called her around 5:45 p.m. Monday and robbed a bank and left his car in Elmhurst, the officer reported.

He told her he strapped fireworks to his chest and handed a note to a cashier, then texted her a photo of a handful of cash, the agent reported .

An image of the texted photo shows it was accompanied by the message “Nothing?” Nobody looked for me? Nothing? Wtf. “

Lombard bank robbery

While searching the house, officers found the traceable invoices, a red shirt that looked like the one Bradley wore during the flight, as well as fireworks wrappers, a roll of duct tape and a notepad that conforms to the request note, agent reported.

Lombard bank robbery

Bradley’s car was found in the 100 block of North Walnut Street in Elmhurst, the officer said.

And of course, the most damning evidence was Bradley’s text message to his wife in which prosecutors said he told her all about the heist.

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Bradley remained in federal custody Tuesday night.

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