Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DANE R. PHENEGHAR was charged with one count of bank robbery

A 22-year old Glen Ellyn man has been charged with the December 20th robbery of the Elgin State Bank, located at 1001 South Randall Road.
DANE R. PHENEGHAR was charged in a criminal complaint filed last week in US District Court in Chicago with one count of bank robbery, which is a felony offense. The complaint alleges that PHENEGAR made off with over $4000 after he handed a teller a note, announcing a robbery and demanding cash from her drawer. The note claimed that he was armed with a handgun but no weapon was displayed and no injuries were reported.
Subsequent investigation by the FBI and Elgin Police Department identified PHENEGAR as the robber.  He was arrested by St. Charles Police, without incident, on unrelated charges on December 22nd. Although he is only charged with the Elgin robbery, PHENEGAR is also a suspect in the December 5th robberies at the Fifth Third Bank branch in Wheaton and First State Bank branch in Geneva and the December 9th robbery of the TCF Bank branch in Glendale Heights.
PHENEGAR appeared before US Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier in Chicago on December 22nd, at which time he was formally charged. PHENEGAR was ordered held without bond, pending his next scheduled court appearance.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


           Fifteen Chicago men were charged in grand jury indictments or criminal complaints filed earlier this week in either U.S. District Court or Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago with violating state or federal firearms laws.
                      The charges were announced today by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) together with Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Garry F. McCarthy, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney.
                    Thirteen of the defendants were arrested yesterday at various locations in and around Chicago, without incident, by members of the Chicago FBI’s Joint Task Force on Gangs and officers from the CPD. Two other defendants MARCUS JEFFERSON and TERRILL SMITH, avoided capture and are now the subjects of a nationwide manhunt.
                   Six of those arrested were charged in separate federal grand jury indictments with Felon in Possession of a Firearm and/or Distribution of a Controlled Substance.  Those charged federally are identified as MARCUS JEFFERSON, age 31; MAURICE MARTIN, age 41; CARLOS MENDEZ, age 33; KEITH MURRAY, 45; TERRILL SMITH, age 23; and BRUCE WEATHERSPOON, age 30; all residents of Chicago. An additional defendant, RAMON FAVELA, age 38, also of Chicago, was arrested and subsequently charged in a criminal complaint with Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance.
                   Eight others were charged in criminal complaints filed in state court with Unlawful Sale of a Firearm or Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon. The state defendants are identified as AARON BASSETT, age 22; COREY BRAMLETT, age 19; TRIMELL COLLINS, age 27; GREGORY FREEMAN, age 23; DAVID HILL, age 22; CORNELIUS LEE, age 28; JAMES TOOMER, age 27; and CARLOS WILLIAMS, age 39, all residents of Chicago.                                                According to the grand jury indictments and criminal complaints, all of those charged were involved in the illegal possession or sale of firearms, including handguns, shotguns and assault rifles on Chicago’s west and south sides, since April of 2010. These weapons are alleged to have been purchased outside of Illinois, transported to Chicago where the defendants took possession of them, then eventually sold to undercover operatives for amounts ranging from $ 250.00 to $1600.00.

Monday, December 5, 2011

CHARLENE M. TROOP arrested for bank robbery

CHARLENE M. TROOP, age 23, 1414 S. Kenilworth, Berwyn, IL, was arrested on Friday, December 2, 2011, by officers of the  Berwyn Police Department in connection with the December 2nd, robbery of the Chase Bank, located at 6969 Ogden Avenue, Berwyn, IL
According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court today, a lone female robber walked into the Chase Bank on December 2nd, handed the teller a note announcing a robbery, claimed she had a weapon and threatened harm if her demands for cash were not met.  She handed the teller an envelope and instructed the teller to put the cash inside.  The teller placed the cash, along with a dye pack into the envelope.  The robber then exited the bank.  According to a witness, the robber was observed in the bank parking lot carrying a white bag, which soon thereafter exploded from the dye pack.  After grabbing the money and placing it in her coat, she entered a Dodge Caravan and drove away. 
Subsequent investigation by the Berwyn Police Department and the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force led to the identification and arrest of TROOP.  She was charged today with one count of bank robbery.  TROOP is being held without bond pending her next scheduled court appearance on December 8, 2011, at 11:00 AM
Although being charged with just the December 2nd, Berwyn bank robbery, it is believed TROOP is suspect in the November 18th robbery of the Citizens Community Bank, 7025 West Roosevelt Avenue,  Berwyn; and the November 22nd robbery of the Metropolitan Bank, 8744 Ogden Avenue,  Lyons, Illinois.