Update: Lockdown Lifted at D230, D140 Schools after Search for Bank Robber

A police search for a robbery suspect forced a soft lockdown in area schools Tuesday, following a bank robbery at 167th and 80th Avenue.

Update, as of 11:47 a.m. 

Area schools were on soft lockdown Tuesday afternoon, as Tinley Park Police searched for a suspect in a bank robbery.

Police were looking for a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a grey hoodie, black hat and dark pants, who is suspected of robbing First Midwest Bank at 167th Street and 80th Avenue Tuesday around 10:15 a.m., according to Tinley Park Police Cmdr. Steve Vaccaro.

The suspect did not infer or display a weapon during the robbery, Vaccaro said. He was last seen on foot, heading westbound from the bank. Tinley Park police officers were unable to find him.

The incident has been turned over to the FBI. 

Update, as of 11:40 a.m.

Victor J. Andrew and District 140 schools are no longer on soft lockdown. The lockdown was lifted after an hour, and the school has resumed normal operations. 


Original post, 11:30 a.m. 

Victor J. Andrew High School and District 140 schools are on soft lockdown Tuesday morning, as Tinley Park Police search for a suspect in a bank robbery at 167th and 80th Avenue in Tinley Park. 

Students will not be allowed outside school buildings, as police search for a suspect in the robbery. Parents were notified via email alert or phone call. 

Little information is available about the robbery, although it's believed that no weapon was used, according to a notice on the Kirby D140 website.

Tinley Park Police have not yet released any information about the robbery.

Patch will update this story as details develop.

Holly February 26, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Are you sure the lockdown was lifted? The district's site is still saying they are on lockdown.
Jeff Graveline February 26, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Holly, According to sources I spoke to at both Consolidated High School District 230 and Kirby School District 140, the soft lockdown was lifted at all schools. - Jeff Graveline Tinley Park Patch
Jason Jones February 26, 2013 at 06:51 PM
I have utmost respect for law enforcement, putting their everyday lives in danger/jeopardy. This is a serious and I would assume a stressful career to say the least. However as a resident of Orland Park, what's the deal with Tinley Park? "Tinley Park police officers were unable to find him" I'm sure they did a good job looking for the suspect but does this actually come as a surprise to anyone? Lane Bryant tragedy - Police (& other divisions) still looking... Chicago bank robber in Tinley Park - Police didn't capture... This suspect - Still looking Maybe TP needs a larger police budget. Usually the only arrests I see from Tinley Park's Patch are drunk stops (DUI's) and Narcotic seizures (most of them caught during drunk stops). Once again, I have total respect for these hardworking folks, perhaps Zabrocki needs to hire some new offices or improve the moral of existing officers. This is a growing trend which is why Tinley Park went from best suburbs to live to the easiest suburb to commit crimes and get away with it.
Jason Jones February 26, 2013 at 06:57 PM
It's honestly not very hard to find drunk stops either. Relatively easy to see someone behind the wheel sleeping with their car running at a traffic or driving on the wrong side of the street.
beth martin February 26, 2013 at 07:04 PM
yes the are lifted the prinicipal from Andrew called letting us know the lockdown was lifted. What gets me is that it is lifted while this guy is still at large leaving our kids in danger.
Jayme Avery February 26, 2013 at 07:21 PM
my son is a walker from Andrew this does not make me feel safe one bit!!! hopefully Tinley park and Orland hills had a few more patrol cars on the street when all the schools are let out
Pat C. February 26, 2013 at 07:22 PM
No, Tinley does not need a bigger police force. They just need to do their jobs. Call the Village and have them send you the fact sheet that shows the crime statistics and the arrest statistics. You can request this info via FOIA.
frank February 26, 2013 at 07:44 PM
I'll add my two cents to some of these comments. Still hot about three phone calls that I made in regards to the 5 murders. Never a return call from their task force. Yet yearly they say that they are actively pursuing the case. It seems people are really upset with the TPPD, >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
E F February 26, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Wow! No surprise to me that Tinley PD DID NOT CAPTURE THE BANK ROBBER, who left on foot..... TPPD... IS A JOKE. Really makes me feel safe to live here...NOT! KUDOS TO JASON JONES
Arthur Huff February 26, 2013 at 10:12 PM
This isn't the first bank robber to get away so I'm not going to bash the Tinley Park Police. Maybe we should wait for all of the facts before doing that. Also, would a weapon have been inferred or implied?
David Burns February 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Tinley park police needs to do their jobs and stop focusing on stopping old ladies for minor traffic infractions like not driving fast enough.. Yet they don't catch hard criminals.. Get a new police force..
Steve H February 27, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Jason Jones must have other issues. They can only do there best and I support them 100 percent. We live in a Great Town that brings in crooks from the surrounding ares.
Danny February 27, 2013 at 01:00 AM
I agree with all of the above, quit chasing minor incidents and start doing your job, why do we pay these high taxes for stupid speeding tickets or better yet a seat belt violation, really people wake up......
Susan February 28, 2013 at 03:16 PM
That Guy looked so out of shape to just get away on foot plus he robbed a bank in Mokena last week ?
sweet heart March 04, 2013 at 07:50 PM
How about the TP Police dog they could of use the dog to track a scent. iFhe was on foot he would not even maybe run a block with out breathing to fast. I,see him walking around I,am going to call them.


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