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.