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05/11/2022

What's a 'geofence' warrant? Midlothian bank heist case gets national attention

CT Courier Tribune

A Richmond man pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to robbing a Midlothian bank of $196,932 in a case that tested the constitutionality of a “geofence” warrant that allowed Chesterfield County police to obtain Google location records of 19 cellphones near the bank at the time of the robbery. The defendant’s phone was among them.

After more than 2 ½ years of litigation in state and federal courts, Okello T. Chatrie, 27, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and use of a firearm in the May 20, 2019, holdup of the Call Federal Credit Union at 3640 Call Drive. U.S. District Court Judge M. Hannah Lauck convicted Chatrie after accepting his pleas and set sentencing for Aug. 2.

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