Alleged bank robber caught in Waukegan
By Frank Abderholden email@example.com | @abderholden February 14, 2014 12:44PM
Police continue to look for this suspect in the Jan. 22 robbery of the First Midwest Bank at 1201 Golf Road, Waukegan. | Submitted photo
Updated: March 4, 2014 11:45AM
Waukegan police swarmed into the area behind the Home Depot on Belvidere Road Friday morning and successfully captured an alleged bank robber.
The white male wearing dark gray pants and a gray or brown jacket was spotted walking near the Home Depot building, not far from Jefferson Middle School. He knew he was spotted by police and began to run behind the home improvement store and was caught fairly quickly.
Police say he allegedly walked into the North Shore Trust and Savings at 700 S. Lewis Ave. before 9 a.m. and passed a note to the teller that implied he had a gun. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled on foot.
When police chased him down at 8:55 a.m. they also recovered the cash.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now handling the case. There were no injuries at the bank. The suspect was still being processed and his identity and mug shot may be available later Friday, police said.
This appears to be the second bank robbery in Lake County for 2014.
Police are still looking for the suspect in the Jan. 22 robbery of the First Midwest Bank at 1201 Golf Road. No gun was used or implied and the black male was able to escape with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The county ended the year with several robberies near Antioch, Third Lake, Gurnee, and Grandwood Park near Gurnee between September and December in 2013. The Sept. 21 robbery of the Associated Bank in Third Lake was a takeover-style robbery, the most dangerous for employees and patrons, when the suspect, wearing a motorcycle helmet and backpack, jumped onto the counter and demanded money.
The Dec. 13 robbery of the NorStates Bank near Antioch was also a takeover style robbery. Those cases are still open.