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.