GPS money pack helps nab Turkey Hill robbery suspect in York, cops say

GPS money pack helps nab Turkey Hill robbery suspect in York, cops say

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Ernesto Antonio Watkins, 20, of York, i sin York County Prison on $150,000 bail.

A York man — who police say wore and mask and brandished a gun during a Turkey Hill robbery Sunday in the city — was tracked down by a GPS device given to him by a clerk, according to charging documents.

As of Thursday afternoon, Ernesto Antonio Watkins, 20, of the 300 block of West Philadelphia St., York, remained in York County Prison on $150,000 bail. He faces one count each of robbery, receiving stolen property and firearms not to be carried without a license, documents state.

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Watkins has a preliminary hearing before District Judge Joel N. Toluba scheduled for July 16, according to online court dockets.

Just after 11 p.m. on Sunday, York City Police were called to the Turkey Hill Minit Market at 189 S. Richland Ave., for a robbery, documents state.

Once there, police learned that a man, later identified as Watkins, walked in to the store and pointed a gun at the two clerks working at the time and "demanded the money telling them 'this ain't no joke gimme the money'," documents state.

Watkins was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with its hood pulled up, a hat and a mask, documents state.

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One of the packs of money given to Watkins by a clerk was actually a "GPS tracking money pack," documents state.

"Police were directed to the defendant by GPS and he was arrested after a brief foot pursuit," documents state. Watkins "was found to have the GPS money packet along with the other money in his front left jeans pocket."

Searching Watkins, police also found a gun in the left front pocket of the shorts he was wearing under his jeans. The gun had been reported stolen out of Mount Joy. In addition, Watkins does not have a license to carry a gun, documents state.