« on: September 26, 2006, 04:40:10 AM »
The same Loop bank was robbed twice Monday by two different men, a third bank was held up and a fourth was the scene of an attempted heist, police said. About 11:30 a.m., a robbery was reported at the Bank of America branch at 205 W. Monroe St., Central District Capt. Joseph Vaclavik said. A tall man in his 50s or early 60s with salt-and-pepper hair and wearing a gray business suit told a teller he had a gun and announced a robbery, Vaclavik said.
"He said he wanted money and to hurry, hurry, hurry," Vaclavik said.
The man did not display a gun. The teller gave the man cash and he fled west on Monroe. About three hours later, at 2:50 p.m., another robbery was reported at the same bank, which had reopened after the investigation of the first heist ended, police said. A man in his 30s, wearing a red hat and red shirt, robbed the bank and was seen running north on Wells Street, witnesses told police, according to Vaclavik.
The third robbery occurred about 9:42 a.m. at the Plaza Bank branch at 5601 W. Belmont Ave. on the Northwest Side, said Tom Simon, a spokesman for the FBI's Chicago office. The robber approached a teller with a note implying he had a weapon and demanding cash, Simon said. The teller gave an undisclosed amount of money and the man fled. Witnesses said the robber appeared to be in his 20s, about 5 feet tall, 130 pounds, with a thin mustache, Simon said.
At about 5:30 p.m., a 43-year-old man entered the Washington Mutual Bank branch at 609 W. North Ave. and handed a female teller a note threatening her if she didn't hand over money, said police Officer Kristina Schuler. The teller triggered a silent alarm and stalled the suspect until Near North District officers arrived, Schuler said. The officers took the man into custody inside the bank without incident, she said. The case was handed over to the FBI for charging, Schuler said.
Authorities were looking into whether the man was connected to other robberies, she said.