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Robber Scores $2,000 to $3,000 in Bank Heist

The suspect used a note to demand cash and then fled on foot, likely to a waiting vehicle.

A short, stocky man armed with a note demanding money made off with somewhere between $2,000 and $3,000 Monday from from on Route 59 Monday.

The robbery took place shortly before 3 p.m. when the suspect entered the bank, headed to one of the tellers and handed over a note that read, "Give me the money and no one will get hurt," Joliet Police Chief Michael Trafton said.

The teller complied, depositing the cash into a bag. The man then fled west on foot, likely to a waiting car, Trafton said. A canvass of the area was conducted but did not lead to the suspect, he said.

However, video cameras in the bank at 1540 Route 59, near Theodore Street, did capture a "very good surveillance photo" that may be released Tuesday by the FBI, which is taking over the case from the , Trafton said.

The suspect is described as white, 5-foot-6, overweight and sporting a grey-and-black goatee, Trafton said. He was wearing jeans and a light blue polo shirt.

Trafton would not disclose if the teller was able to mark the stolen money in any way or able to place a GPS or dye-pack device that might help track the robber.

Jacki McHale July 24, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I stopped in the Starbucks at that time, and asked the girl at the counter if I should assume they were being robbed next door since there was 7 squad cars and a cop going door to door in the strip mall we were in. She said "Yep" I got my coffee and left safe! Glad the tellers and bank staff are safe. Crazy things people will do for money!

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