Belmont Heights bank robbed

Tribune reporter

A bank in the Belmont Heights neighborhood on the Northwest Side was robbed this afternoon and police believe a dye pack was included with the proceeds.

An alarm at the First Merit Bank, 7227 W. Addison St., activated at 1:43 p.m. and automatically notified authorities in Ohio, police said. Someone in Ohio then called the Jefferson Park District station, notifying them of the robbery, causing a slight delay in Chicago Police response.

But grainy black and white video captured photos of the robber who told the teller he had a weapon, but did not show one, and demanded money from a teller, police said.

The teller complied, giving him an undisclosed amount of cash that included a dye pack, police said.

He did not hurt anyone and was described as being a black man wearing sunglasses, a gray scarf wrapped around his head that was covering the lower part of his face, and gloves, police said. He was wearing gloves, a black jacket and blue jeans.

He fled on foot southbound on Oconto.

FBI spokeswoman Ross Rice said the lone robber was not in custody Wednesday afternoon.
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