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Robber hits Zion bank

Updated: December 30, 2012 3:51PM

ZION — Police are searching for a man who made off with just over $200 after robbing the TCF Bank inside the Jewel-Osco.

The suspect walked into the bank at 1400 21st St., and handed the teller a note and implied he had a gun. He was described as a black male, in his 20s, about 5-foot 7-inches tall with a heavy build wearing a dark-colored jacket, possibly olive, wearing ear buds and either a doo-rag or knit cap.

After taking the money, he fled southbound into an alley near Elisha and Emmaus avenues. Deputy Chief Steve Dumyahn said the suspect made off with more than $200, “but not a substantial amount.”

It was the fifth bank robbery in Lake County this year.

The first was July 2 in Waukegan at a TCF Bank at the Jewel-Osco at Green Bay Road and Grand Avenue, followed by the same suspect robbing the TCF at the Jewel-Osco at Yorkhouse Road and Lewis Avenue. A Zion man, Larry Williams, was charged in the Lewis Avenue robbery.

In September, two Cook County men were arrested after they robbed TCF banks in Grayslake on Belvidere Street and then went to Round Lake Beach and robbed the TCF Bank at the Jewel-Osco on Rollins Road. The two tried to escape by driving south on Route 45, but were spotted by a Lake County Forest Preserve ranger and was arrested just north of Route 120 on Route 45 near Casey Road.

In 2011, there were eight bank robberies in Lake County.

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