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FBI web site helps capture bank robbery suspect

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An Internet sting led to the arrest of a suspected bank robber in the Texas town of Schwertner.  The small farming and ranching community is located northeast of Georgetown.  It has only one bank, and that bank has been robbed four times since 1912.  The latest robbery happened October 31, 2013. 

A surveillance camera recorded an image of the armed bandit wearing a Halloween costume.  He cleaned out the bank's vault, then left employees inside.  Statements from employees provided important information. 

But a web site posted by the FBI broke the case open.  According to court documents, it was listed as schwertnerbankrobbery.org.  Jesse Gamboa became a prime suspect after visiting the site several times.  He was tagged through his IP address. 

Gamboa's cell phone also left a path from his Fort Worth home, almost to the front door of the bank.  On the day of the robbery, cell tower records tracked Gamboa from Fort Worth to Hillsboro.  After surveillance cameras recorded him fueling up his car in Temple, his cell phone foot prints were allegedly found in Salado, Granger, then Jarrell just minutes before the bank robbery. 

A bag containing $100,000 in cash was later found in a Fort Worth storage unit rented by Gamboa.  Investigators say the serial numbers match up with the cash taken from the bank in Schwertner.  A gun, believed to have been used in the robbery, was also recovered, along with property that may have been part of a larger crime and spending spree.  Investigators say Gamboa used the money on football games, playoff games, travel and prostitutes. 

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