Inside the TCF Bank Robbery: New Details Surface
Police think bank bandit in last week's bank robbery may have been wearing a dreadlock wig.
New details have emerged in the robbery of TCF Bank branch on June 7, according to an Oak Lawn police report.
Detectives believe the bank robbery suspect was wearing a wig when he grabbed both large and small bills from the branch located inside the Jewel Food Store at 8801 S. Ridgeland Ave.
Police said that a black male with long dreadlocks and wearing sunglasses approached the lone teller around 9:18 p.m. He handed her a note that said, “I have a gun,” and asked for the large bills from the top drawer.
The dreadlocked bandit instructed the teller to give him the money from the bottom drawer. Police said the teller removed approximately $1,000 in ones, tens and twenties and place it on the counter.
He grabbed the money from the counter and walked toward the south door of the supermarket and exited the store. The teller told police the bandit did not carry a bag for the money.
While checking the area, police found a witness who saw the bandit arrive and leave the bank in an older model, burgundy Chrysler, which he appeared to have driven himself.
The witness said he entered the car and went eastbound on 89th Street from Mobile Avenue.
No video is available from the bank, but Oak Lawn detectives on the scene were able to view some bank video, which showed the suspect with long dreadlocks, possibly a wig, covering his face, and wearing a dark grey Nike jacket. The bandit also wore fingerless gloves.
Jewel employees who were coming through the south door when the bandit was leaving, said he appeared to have something bulging under his coat.
While the dreadlocked bandit implied he had a gun, no weapon was displayed, reports said.
The bank robbery has been turned over to the FBI.