Police: There is a resemblence between suspects in bank robberies
Photo of U.S. Bank being robbed in Normal. (For The Pantagraph)

NORMAL - Normal police said Wednesday night there is a resemblance between suspects in bank robberies that happened Monday in Bloomington and Wednesday in Normal. | Video

But Normal police said they are not positive the banks were robbed by the same man.

The U.S. Bank branch at 1401 S. Main St., Normal, was robbed shortly after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Chase Bank, 413 E. Washington St., was robbed Monday.

In the U.S. Bank case, the robber implied he had a weapon, but did not display one, police said. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

There were no reports of injuries.

The suspect was described as 40 to 50 years old, 6-feet 2 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing a short-sleeved black T-shirt with a blue-and-red logo saying "Red Rocks," blue jeans, a tan baseball cap and brown work boots.

The bank was closed after the robbery. The parking lot was temporarily blocked with squad cars during the crime scene investigation.

Normal police released what they called an usually clear photograph of the suspect in the U.S. Bank robbery.

"This is just an example of how far digital imagery has gotten better over the years," said Normal Assistant Chief Kirk Ijams on Wednesday night. "And we're glad more businesses are adopting it."

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Chase Bank robbery

Meanwhile, a seven-second video clip was released Wednesday from the Chase robbery. The footage, which came from a surveillance camera video, does not have a clear view of his face.

The Chase Bank video can be accessed at www.pantagraph.com.

The man showed a butterfly knife, demanded cash and fled west on foot with money from the bank about 10:15 a.m. Monday, said Bloomington Police Sgt. Randall Wikoff. Nobody was hurt.

Witnesses described that robber as 6 feet tall and wearing a green Carhartt jacket and a tan baseball-style hat.

Anyone with information about the Chase robbery is asked to contact Bloomington Detective Richard Barkes at (309) 434-2371 or the Criminal Investigation Division at (309)-434-2525.

Anyone with information about the U.S. Bank robbery is asked to call Normal Detective Nicole Bruno at (309) 454-9525 or Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111.


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