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Fake-Bearded Bank Robbers Crash Getaway Car But Escape

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The FBI released these surveillance images of two bank robbers who hit a Far South Side bank. (FBI)

The FBI released these surveillance images of two bank robbers who hit a Far South Side bank. (FBI)

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CHICAGO (STMW) — The FBI is seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who robbed a Far South Side Tuesday morning, then crashed their getaway car into a garbage truck a couple blocks from the bank, continued driving and are still at-large.

The first robber is described as a black man with a dark complexion, 25-30 years old, between five-foot-seven to five-foot-11, 180 pounds, according to a FBI release. He was wearing a fake gray beard, black shirt and pants, nylon skull cap, sunglasses and a black book bag strapped across his chest. He also had a black semi-automatic weapon.

The second robber is described as a black man with a medium complexion, 25-30 years old, between five-foot-seven to five-foot-11, 180 pounds with a medium build, the release said. He had black hair and a fake long black beard. He was wearing a black shirt and pants, burgundy pattern tie and gloves.

The two robbers entered the First American Bank branch at 11821 S. Western Ave. at approximately 9:50 a.m., according to the Chicago FBI office. The armed men approached the teller counter and verbally announced a robbery.

One of the robbers stood guard over bank employees and customers from the lobby, while the second robber vaulted the teller counter, according to a release from the FBI. After removing money from an open teller drawer, the robber then forced an employee to open the vault and took an undisclosed amount of cash, placing the money into a black plastic garbage bag that he brought with him.

Both robbers fled the bank and entered a waiting older model Chevrolet Monte Carlo that was grey or silver in color and believed to be driven by an accomplice, the release said. A partial license plate of “K 9947” was observed by at least one witness.

Soon after they left the bank a dye pack exploded. The robbers then began tossing dye stained money from the moving car, the release said. The getaway vehicle crashed into a garbage truck, a couple blocks away from the bank at the intersection of 116th and Oakley streets, the FBI said.

According to witnesses, after crashing the vehicle, the two robbers continued to flee the scene, driving eastbound on 116th Street, the FBI said.

There were no injuries reported from the bank robbery or the auto accident, the release said.

Anyone with any information regarding this robbery is asked to call the Chicago Office of the FBI at (312) 421-6700 or any local law enforcement agency.

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

 

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