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A suspect robbed a bank in Gurnee, forcing schools on lock down. (Credit: Bank surveillance video)

A suspect robbed a bank in Gurnee, forcing schools on lock down. (Credit: Bank surveillance video)

GURNEE (CBS) — A bank was robbed Thursday afternoon in north suburban Gurnee, leading to a soft lock down at three schools in the area as police searched for the suspect.

Police received a report of an armed robbery in progress about 1:45 p.m. at the Community Trust Credit Union branch at 1313 N. Rte. 41, according to a statement from Gurnee police.

A suspect robbed a bank in Gurnee, forcing schools on lock down. (Credit: Bank surveillance video)

A suspect robbed a bank in Gurnee, forcing schools on lock down. (Credit: Bank surveillance video)

The suspect approached a teller implying he had a weapon, but did not display one, police said.

He then jumped on top of the teller counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash before running away.

A suspect robbed a bank in Gurnee, forcing schools on lock down. (Credit: Bank surveillance video)

A suspect robbed a bank in Gurnee, forcing schools on lock down. (Credit: Bank surveillance video)

There were no reported injuries.

Although a police canine unit and a helicopter were used to search the area, the suspect was not found, police said.

“Viking Junior High, Warren Township High School’s O’Plaine Campus, and River Trail School were placed on a soft lock down while the search was conducted,” police said.

The suspect is described as a 5-foot-10 black man with a medium build, police said. He was wearing a white ski mask, red hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

A suspect robbed a bank in Gurnee, forcing schools on lock down. (Credit: Bank surveillance video)

A suspect robbed a bank in Gurnee, forcing schools on lock down. (Credit: Bank surveillance video)

Although there have been recent robberies in Grandwood Park and other nearby locations, Gurnee Police Commander Willie Meyer said Thursday’s robbery was unusual.

A suspect robbed a bank in Gurnee, forcing schools on lock down. (Credit: Bank surveillance video)

A suspect robbed a bank in Gurnee, forcing schools on lock down. (Credit: Bank surveillance video)

“I can’t remember the last bank robbery in Gurnee proper,” he said.

Anyone with information should call police at (847) 599-7000 or the FBI at 312-421-6700.

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