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Tinley Park Bank Robber Hit Mokena Bank First

The man who robbed a Tinley Park bank Tuesday is suspected to have stolen $3,000 from a bank on Front Street in Mokena last Thursday.

A man who robbed a First Midwest Bank in Tinley Park Tuesday is suspected to be the same who stole more than $3,000 from a Chase Bank in Mokena last week, The Chicago Tribune reports

In both cases, the robber did not use a weapon and fled the scene on foot. The Mokena robbery occurred at 1:33 p.m. Feb. 21. The Tinley Park incident took place at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 26.

The offender is approximately 40 years old, 5-foot, 4-inches tall and 200 pounds, according to Mokena police reports. The teller manning the Chase Bank station that was robbed said that the man had an unshaven face and was wearing sunglasses, a dark colored beanie and a grey sweatshirt with a logo.

According to the Mokena bank employee, the robber walked up to his teller station, pulled a white plastic shopping bag from his pocket and placed it on the counter. He then told the teller to put the money in the bag and stipulated “No funny money.”

The teller emptied his drawer and the robber took the bag of cash and left through the front door, reports state. At that point, the teller activated the bank’s silent alarm and notified his co-workers about the robbery.

The bank’s assistant branch manager was able to obtain video footage of the robber.

A Mokena police detective and an FBI agent were both present after the incident to take witness statements. The robbery is currently under investigation. Tinley Park police turned the instance over to the FBI.

—Original reporting by Anna Schier, Frankfort & Mokena Patch

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Cara Graves February 27, 2013 at 01:52 PM
The article doesn't state the ethnicity of the suspect?????
Tom English February 27, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Its nice to see Mokena PD alerting the public. Where is the TP POLICE?
Brian February 27, 2013 at 03:36 PM
He is white. Here is the FBI Bulletin with more information and pictures. http://bandittrackerchicago.com/2013/02/chase-bank-mokena-il/
P. Jaris February 27, 2013 at 04:02 PM
What a wous that teller was, why did he give him the money? He put a bag on the counter and wanted money, and without no resistance from the teller? I say it's fixed!!
Arya February 27, 2013 at 05:21 PM
To P. Jaris: That is what the tellers are trained to do. It is not worth a life/lives for a few dollars in the drawer. Would you like to know that your loved one gave their life for $3000? I don't think so. The bank has insurance to cover the loss. Let the FBI and police find the creep.
Kelly February 27, 2013 at 06:00 PM
The Tinley Park police did notify residents about this yesterday.
JW February 27, 2013 at 06:00 PM
What happened to the good old days when a bank guard was always present??? Also, wouldn't it have been nice if the teller was able to step on a button that automatically locked the front doors with the robber trapped betweeen the two sets of doors.
TP Mom February 27, 2013 at 06:56 PM
The Tribune and Southtown articles state the suspect is about 6 feet tall; here it says 5'4". Those are very different descriptions.
TP Resident February 27, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Your right and his description by the village was 6ft as well
Joe Monk February 28, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Kelly..tp police told me to call andrew hs...and would NOT give me info....total b.s. I called back and spoke to chief. I think they are clueless...and im tired of the lack of information that is released.
Fatty Arbuckle's Champaign Bottle February 28, 2013 at 05:19 AM
that fatso looks like he should be in line at portillos waiting for a beef combo with a pizza puff side car.
sweet heart March 22, 2013 at 01:01 AM
He, not caught yet???

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