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Crime & Courts

Federal agents arrest man dressed in burqa after ATM burglary in La Grange

LA GRANGE – Federal agents arrested a man disguised as an Arab woman Thursday after he allegedly removed more than $168,000 from at ATM vestibule at Chase Bank in La Grange.

Gildardo Lopez, Jr. removed exactly $168,174 from the ATM at 14. S. La Grange Road, according to a report from the FBI.

The report also stated Douglas Pineda was arrested as the suspected getaway driver nearby in a Toyota Sienna minivan. Pineda reportedly works for the Transportation Security Administration as an airport screener. According to the FBI, Lopez gave Pineda a script to call Garda to get a one-time security code for the ATM.

Lopez – an ATM technician with Garda Cash Logistics – had access to the service area, a key to open the top of the ATM and knew the combination to open the vault, according to the report.

Dressed in a black burqa, a clothing item worn by some Muslim women to cover their bodies when in public, Lopez approached the bank with a suitcase in hand at 12:20 a.m. Thursday. The report said about 15 minutes later, Lopez exited the bank and began removing the latex gloves, at which time he was arrested by federal agents.

Both Lopez and Pineda had walkie-talkies with connecting ear buds, according to the FBI report.

According to the FBI report, agents were tipped off to the robbery by a co-worker of Lopez a Garda after Lopez told him he noticed a lot of cash in the ATM and asked for his electronic key to disable to the ATM's alarm system.

Both men were released on house arrest to their respective parents, as neither had previous criminal records, according to media reports.

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