Friday, February 20, 2009

10,000 de dolari recompensa

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At approximately 4:00 PM today, the Fifth Third Bank branch, located at 2440 Main Street in Evanston, was robbed of an undetermined amount of money. According to witnesses, three men, all armed with handguns, burst into the bank and committed a "take-over" robbery, forcing customers and employees to the floor. One of the robbers stood guard in the lobby while the other two jumped the teller counter and stuffed cash from several teller drawers into a backpack that they had brought with them. They then fled the area, direction and means of escape not observed.

At the same time, FBI Special Agents and Officers assigned to the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) had established a surveillance of a residence near 73rd Street and May on the city's south side. They were attempting to locate suspects in the two armed take-over robberies that took place in Oak Lawn and Skokie on Monday of this week.

At approximately 6:00 PM, a vehicle containing the suspects arrived at the May Street address. When agents and officers approached, the vehicle attempted to drive off. It was stopped a short distance away, after crashing into several parked cars. The three men inside the vehicle were arrested without further incident. Evidence possibly linking these men to the Evanston robbery was discovered at the scene.

All three are in FBI custody. Additional investigation is being conducted in both Evanston and Chicago. No charges have as yet been filed in connection with any of the robberies. No further details are available at this time.

$10,000 REWARD OFFERED
IN SEARCH FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY ROBBERS

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individuals depicted in the attached wanted flyer, who are responsible for the armed take-over robbery of two suburban Chicago banks on Monday, February 16, 2009. In publicizing these robberies, Mr. Grant also announced that a reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of these individuals.
The first robbery occurred at approximately 1:30 PM, when four men burst into the Suburban Bank and Trust, located at 10350 South Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn. All four men were armed with handguns, which they openly brandished and used to threaten bank employees. After ordering the employees to the floor, two of the robbers stood guard in the lobby area while the other two robbers vaulted the teller line and filled backpacks with cash from teller drawers. One of the robbers timed the robbery, as he began yelling “time, time, time” in an apparent effort to flee the bank before police could respond.
Witnesses reported seeing the robbers leave the area in a waiting vehicle, described as an older model, 2-door sedan, turquoise in color. A second vehicle, described as a white 4-door sedan, possibly a Ford Taurus, was seen following the first car. This second vehicle possibly served as a lookout car.
Less than three hours later, the Chase Bank branch, located at 4200 West Dempster in Skokie, was taken over by the same individuals, joined by a fifth robber. As they had in Oak Lawn, the robbers entered the bank brandishing handguns and ordered both employees and customers to the floor. Three of the robbers stood guard in the lobby while two others jumped over the teller counter and began filling backpacks with cash. They escaped with an undisclosed amount of money, with no get-away vehicles observed.
Of particular note to investigators are the two-tone, ankle high work boots worn by one of the robbers and the white plaid, flannel work shirt worn by a second. All of the robbers wore dark colored ski masks, which were pulled down over their face, and dark colored gloves. Through witness accounts and surveillance photos, the robbers are described as black/males, 20 - 25 years of age, 5’8” - 6’ tall, medium build.
No shots were fired in either robbery and no injuries were reported.
This case is being investigated jointly by the Chicago FBI and Detectives from the Oak Lawn and Skokie Police Departments.
Anyone recognizing any of these individuals or having any information about the robberies is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.

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