Saturday, January 21, 2012

DOUGLAS KELLEY and LUCAS G. MARIN arrested by the FBI for bank robbery


Criminal charges were filed today against two Kane County men in connection with the January 18th armed robbery of the Elgin State Bank, located at 1590 North McLean Boulevard in the northwest suburb. The charges were announced today by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Jeffrey Swoboda, Chief of the Elgin, Illinois Police Department (EPD) and Gary J. Schira, Chief of the Batavia, Illinois Police Department (BPD).
DOUGLAS KELLEY, age 27, and LUCAS G. MARIN, age 29, both of Batavia, were charged in a criminal complaint filed earlier today in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Bank Robbery, which is a felony offense. KELLEY was arrested by EPD officers, without incident, following the stop of a suspected get-away vehicle shortly after the robbery.  MARIN was arrested early Thursday morning by officers from the BPD, without incident, following a routine traffic stop.
                   According to the complaint, KELLEY and MARIN entered the Elgin State Bank Wednesday afternoon just before 5:00 PM.  Both men were armed with handguns, which were later determined to be pellet guns, and had their faces concealed. They verbally announced a robbery, demanding money from several teller drawers. After receiving approximately $2,800.00 in cash, the two men fled the bank on foot.  Included in the money given to the robbers was a security dye pack, which activated when the robbers exited the bank.
                   An alert citizen, who was seated in a vehicle outside, saw the two robbers running from the bank and followed them as they entered a waiting vehicle. The citizen then contacted the Elgin Police Department, providing them with a description of the robbers and their get-away car.  This description ultimately led to the identification and arrest of the robbers.
                   Subsequent investigation by the FBI and the Elgin and Batavia Police Departments developed additional evidence linking both men to the robbery and the filing of the charges announced today. 
                    In announcing this arrest, Mr. Grant commended the officers of both the Elgin and Batavia Police Departments for their efforts in helping to solve this robbery.   Mr. Grant also recognized the invaluable assistance provided by the witness to the robbery, whose selfless efforts directly led to the apprehension of two potentially dangerous robbers.  Said Mr. Grant “The public’s cooperation has been a cornerstone of law enforcement in the United States for over 200 years. It is gratifying to see that spirit is alive and well”.
                    KELLEY and MARIN appeared before Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow in Chicago, earlier this afternoon, at which time they were formally charged.  Both men were ordered held without bond pending their next scheduled court appearance.  If convicted of the charge filed against them, KELLEY and MARIN face a possible sentence of up to twenty (20) years incarceration.
                             
                    Additional information about this and other recent Chicago area bank robberies, including downloadable photographs, is available at the Bandit Tracker web site, www.bandittrackerchicago.com .
  The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.    

Friday, January 6, 2012

Female wanted by the FBI in Chicago bank robbery

The Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual depicted in the attached wanted flyer. She is believed responsible for the robbery of one Chicago bank and the attempted robbery of a second on Thursday, January 5th.
 
The banks targeted and a physical description of the robber is contained on the flyer.
 
The Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force is comprised of FBI special agents, detectives from the Chicago Police Department and investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional information about this and other unsolved Chicago area bank robberies is available online at the Bandit Tracker Chicago web site, www.bandittrackerchicago.com.
 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

“Tire Iron Bandit” wanted by the FBI


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 individual depicted on the attached wanted flyer, dubbed the “Tire Iron Bandit”, who is wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a Willow Springs bank on two separate occasions.   
                      The most recent theft took place on January 3rd of 2011, when the First Merit Bank branch, located at 8480 S. Archer Avenue in the southwest suburb, was robbed of undisclosed amount of money.  This individual is also believed to have robbed the same bank on July 16, 2010. 
                       During the most recent theft, the robber entered the bank late in the afternoon just as two employees were preparing to close for the day.  The robber quickly approached the teller counter, holding a tire iron in his left hand, and demanding money from the tellers on duty.  The robber then placed a small duffel bag on the counter and held it open for the tellers, who placed cash from their drawer inside.  The robber then fled the bank, but his method and direction of escape was not seen. 
                     
                      During the previous robbery in 2010, the robber entered the bank and approached the teller counter. While holding a tire iron in his hand, he orally announced a robbery, ordering a bank employee to place money from her drawer into a black gym bag that the robber brought with him. He repeatedly threatened bank employees with harm, if his demands were not met. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber fled the bank on foot and was last seen running through an adjacent alley.
                      No injuries were reported during either robbery, both of which are being investigated jointly by the FBI and the Willow Springs Police Department.
                          Anyone recognizing this individual or having any information about either of these robberies is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.
                      Additional information about this and other unsolved Chicago area bank robberies, including downloadable photographs, is available on-line at the Bandit Tracker Chicago web site, www.bandittrackerchicago.com.