08/08/2013 04:02 pm ET

Valeriy V. Kouznetsov, Convicted Bank Robber, Caught Red-Handed When Dye Pack Explodes: FBI


A Chicago man was literally caught red-handed after he robbed a south suburban bank that had embedded an explosive dye pack in the bag of stolen cash.

Valeriy Kouznetsov, 29, was charged in a U.S. District Court in Chicago Wednesday with one count of felony bank robbery, according to a statement from the FBI.

Kouznetsov was arrested Monday just seven minutes after he allegedly tried to rob the Charter One Bank in the 6200 block of West Cermak in Berwyn around 9 a.m.

Cops nabbed Kouznetsov based on a description from witnesses and noticed his hands and shirt were stained with red dye. According to the Sun-Times, Kouznetsov had a fresh burn on his stomach; explosive dye packs tucked in with stolen cash have been known to burn as hot as 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

According to the FBI, Kouznetsov was sitting on a bench outside the bank before it opened Monday and then entered when the manager unlocked the doors for business. Kouznetsov allegedly demanded money and told the teller he had a gun; the FBI says the teller recognized Kouznetsov as the man who had robbed the bank on June 27.

Kouznetsov had allegedly stolen more than $3,500 in cash when he fled on foot.

Kouznetsov is scheduled to appear in court again Friday; if convicted he could face up to 20 years in prison.


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