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Duo May Have Robbed 2 West Suburban Banks This Week

TCF Bank Robbery

These two men are wanted for robbing a TCF Bank branch inside Jewel at 1270 N. Lake St. (credit: Aurora Police Dept.)

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AURORA, Ill. (STMW) – Aurora Police and the FBI are looking for two men who robbed a bank branch at a Jewel store Wednesday afternoon — and authorities believe they may be the same duo that robbed another bank in Oswego earlier this week.

About 1 p.m., Aurora police responded to a hold up alarm at the TCF Bank located inside the Jewel Food Store at 1270 N. Lake St., according to a release from Aurora police.

The robber, described as a 20 to 25 year-old black man, approximately 5-foot-9 to 6-feet-tall, and weighing between 140 and 160 pounds, presented a female teller with a note demanding money, police said.

A second man, described as black, between 25 and 30 years old, and of the same physical description as the other suspect, stood near the bank counter and apparently acted as a “lookout.”

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, and both men fled the building on foot in an unknown direction. Neither suspect wore a mask, nor did they display or imply they had weapons. One was wearing an Atlanta Braves baseball cap, blue with a red brim.

No one was injured, police said.

Aurora Police, the FBI, and Oswego Police are attempting to determine if the robbery is connected to an incident that occurred in Oswego on Monday where a TCF Bank that was also inside of a Jewel Food Store was robbed by two men with similar descriptions.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (630) 505-5755; Aurora Police at (630) 256-5500; or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000. Callers to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and qualify for a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

There have been at least 172 bank robberies in the Chicago metropolitan area in 2010. Last year there were 190, according to the FBI.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)