Woman robs bank in Old Irving Park neighborhood

Tribune reporter

Authorities are looking for a woman who threatened to kill a teller during a robbery at an Old Irving Park neighborhood bank on the Northwest Side.

The woman was wearing a brown shoulder-length wig with highlights, a khaki hat, and sunglasses when she entered the First Merit Bank branch, 4012 N. Pulaski Rd., and robbed it, according to the FBI and Chicago Police.

Police said the robbery happened shortly after 10 a.m. and no injuries were reported.

The robber approached a teller and gave him several invalid accounts numbers before stepping away from the window and making a bunch of cell phone calls, police said.

She then confronted a second teller with an active account number. When the staffer asked her how much she wanted to withdraw, she said: “All of it,’’ and then passed a note that read: “This is a robbery. Put all the money in the bag right now or I will blow your f------ head off,’’ according to a police report.

The note continued: “I know more about you than you think. I’ve been watching your route for days so don’t try to be a hero. Put the money in the bag now and don’t made no sudden moves or I will kill you,’’ the report said.

No dye pack was included in the undisclosed amount of cash she fled with, police said.

The robber was described as being a black, in her mid 30s, standing between 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-3. She weighs about 170 pounds and was carrying a brown purse, according to the FBI.

A reward is being offered for information leading to her arrest and anyone with information should contact the FBI, 312-421-6700.


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