Mt. Vernon Register-News

December 8, 2012

Police search for robbery suspect


WOODLAWN — — Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to Community First Bank of the Heartland in Woodlawn after an employee thought they saw the man suspected of robbing the bank at gunpoint weeks ago.

A white male entered the bank at about 9 a.m. and was recognized by a bank employee as the same man who had previously robbed the bank, information from the JCSO states.

JCSO Maj. Martin Schwartz said Woodlawn schools were put on lock down as a precautionary measure while detectives combed through the evidence.

“Detectives are still working on it,” Schwartz said. “The suspicion is it was the same person from a couple weeks ago.”

Schwartz said Community First Bank of the Heartland employees called police shortly after the bank opened on Friday after spotting a man matching the description of the man involved in a robbery of the bank on Nov. 27.

The earlier incident took place in the afternoon and a suspect has not been apprehended at this time.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 244-8004, Jefferson County Crimestoppers at 242-TIPS or the FBI at 997-6847.

Illinois State Police District 13 media contact David Sneed said ISP received a call about the incident at about 1:49 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 and assisted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the lead agency on the call. Mt. Vernon Police Department K-9 units and the Federal Bureau of Investigations also responded to the scene, according to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified at about 1:49 p.m. on Nov. 27 of the robbery, during which a male subject allegedly displayed a firearm. An employee of the bank called 911 stating an armed robbery had just occurred at the location, information states.

The man was reported to be between 5’5” and 5’8”, between 30 and 35 years old, mustached and somewhat unshaven, weighing about 160 pounds. He was reported to be wearing dark, large-rimmed sunglasses, a camouflage coat with a hood, a red hat with a C on it, and possibly a blue shirt. He was carrying a red drawstring bag, officers stated.

Bank staff reported he traveled north bound on foot after leaving the bank, according to radio traffic.