Police: GPS in stolen loot helps catch York City robber

Police used a GPS tracker on stolen money to locate a York City man who allegedly robbed a Turkey Hill at gunpoint over the weekend, according to officials.

York City Police say Ernesto Antonio Watkins, 20, was found with the money in his pants pocket not long after the robbery.

Watkins, of the 300 block of West Philadelphia Street, is charged with robbery, receiving stolen property and carrying a firearm without a license.

Ernesto Watkins

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Alleged robbery: Police say Watkins entered the store at 189 S. Richland Ave. shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday, July 1, and displayed a gun.

He pointed it at employees, demanded money and told them, "This ain't no joke," officials said.

Court documents state he was wearing a dark hoodie, a hat and a mask during the robbery. 

The employees gave Watkins a money pack containing a GPS tracker, documents state.

Tracked down: Police found Watkins using the tracker, and after a brief chase, officers took him into custody, officials said.

Watkins was searched, and police found the cash in his front left jeans pocket, documents state.

Authorities also found a stolen gun in the front pocket of his shorts, which he was wearing underneath his jeans, police said.

The gun, according to officials, was reported stolen out of Mount Joy in Lancaster County.

Additionally, police say Watkins does not have a license to carry a firearm.

Watkins was taken to the county's central booking unit for arraignment. He was sent to York County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 16 at District Judge Joel Toluba's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.