Robbers Wearing Nun Masks Hit Palos Heights Bank

Updated 05/30/11 – 9:00 p.m.

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (CBS) — Two armed assailants wearing nun masks robbed a bank in south suburban Palos Heights on Sunday.

The duo wore nun masks and habits when they robbed the TCF Bank branch at 6410 W. 127th St. in Palos Heights at about 2 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Chicago FBI office.

They each wore the same type of “nun on the run” type of mask and each was armed with a handgun, according to the FBI. The masks were similar to those worn by a group of bank robbers in the 2010 heist film “The Town.”

“It’s scary, for sure,” bank employee Paul  Aluculesei told CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman on Monday.  “It’s almost like a movie.”

 He said his fellow employees were shaken up but would be all right.

 “Thank God everybody’s OK,” security guard J.J. Lopez said. “Nobody was hurt.”

nun robbery Robbers Wearing Nun Masks Hit Palos Heights Bank

Bank robbers dressed as nuns threaten employees during the Sunday robbery. Note: The FBI has asked that victims' faces be obscured in this photo. (FBI)

A few more details emerged Monday, and Palos Heights police Detective Gerald Wodka said investigators have some leads, “but nothing concrete.”

It’s not the first time this branch has been robbed, Wodka said.

“It’s a pretty popular one. I don’t know why,” he said.

This time two offenders entered the bank just minutes before closing time at 1:58 p.m., both with weapons, Wodka said.

They jumped over the counter and took control of two employees — a bank teller and the branch manager — ordered them to the vault where their Nike duffel bag was filled with currency, he said.

No shots were fired, and no one was injured. No customers were in the bank at the time. Police are not disclosing how much money was taken.

The robbers fled in a silver four-door Chevrolet with tinted windows and headed north on Ridgeland, police said.

Anyone with information should call Palos Heights police at (708) 448-5060 or the Chicago FBI office at (312) 421-6700.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Nuns On The Run... Christ Almighty!!!.

    This story is nunsense. The penguin must need the Cook County tax money again, where is Jake and Elwood when you need them?. Everybody needs somebody to love.

  • me

    I have horrible news for the Palos Heights Police dept…those aren’t masks.

  • Bustin Banks For Jesus

    Times are tough for Gods servants too. Donations are way down.

  • Mohammed

    TCF Stands for: Thieves Criminal Felons is by far the worst bank in this area. They are forever doing something stupid. I believe they lost the money and faked this robbery to cover up their misdeed. If you have a gripe with TCF please vent here and share with others. As for me, I will be filing suit against them within the next ten day for breach of contract concerningthe COMMAND PROTECTION AGREEMENT DEFEREMENT POLICY. IF you are having an issue with them please vent

  • Sean

    What??? No racist comments????

    • Nunsense

      It’s because the “Nuns” were white! LMAO

  • Chavy

    “Police are not disclosing how much money was taken.” Well why the F not??? Embarrassed you can’t keep a bank from getting robbed AGAIN? I’m actually glad they got away now.

  • GD

    Wow, that is exactly like the movie and that movie is one of my favorites so I cant say I feel bad that this happend. As long as nobody was hurt, I think its pretty awesome that these guys had the guts to pull it off and get away with it, just like the movie, and its all happening in my town. The Town. Haha. I’m sure they will be brought to justice though.

  • Cindy lou

    What’s the deal with the security gaurd saying ,” glad nobody was hurt,” What were you doing , thought your job was to protect ? was his name Barney?

  • Start You Insults Now Please

    Sean this ones for you, How do we know the nuns were not black or Hispanic?, they were only wearing white nun masks. I believe however they were white because if they were Hispanic their car would not have started in the first place, and if they were black, their car would of ran out of gas at the top of the exit ramp like all the brothers cars do. And so the game begins…… .

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  • Chris Wypijewski

    tcf=the customer’s f***ed

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