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On Aug. 17 at 11 a.m., Evanston police received a report of a bank robbery at Bank of America, 1336 Chicago Ave., in Evanston.  Once on scene, officers learned that a man gave a bank teller a note, demanding money, said Commander Tom Guenther, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department. The teller gave the robber cash, which the robber placed into his pants pocket and then fled toward a parking lot, said the Commander. 

Evanston police officers obtained a description of the robber and also learned that a GPS tracking device had been included in the money taken during the theft, said the FBI in a prepared statement. The officers then began tracking the robber utilizing a handheld GPS unit, and were joined in the search by the Chicago Police Department when the suspect vehicle entered Chicago. 

Evanston and Chicago police communication dispatchers initiated technical support and maintained point to point communication with officers in the field, as additional reports came in regarding the suspect vehicle, said Commander Guenther. 

Evanston and Chicago police made a traffic stop of the suspect vehicle in the 8000 block of South Yates in Chicago, said the Commander. Police found a fake handgun and bank proceeds in the car, said the Commander. Two suspects were placed into custody for further investigation, he said. 

On Aug. 19, the FBI announced that a 50-year old Michigan man was charged with one felony count of bank robbery. The FBI said about $4,000 was taken in the robbery. 

In announcing the charges, Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the FBI, noted the combined efforts of the Evanston and Chicago Police Departments in tracking and apprehending a potentially dangerous robbery suspect.  Mr. Grant said, “The cooperation and professionalism displayed in solving this case is typical of what routinely happens throughout the country but often goes unnoticed by the public. The residents of Evanston and Chicago should be proud of their police departments and the men and women who serve them daily.”

Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...