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Police respond bank robbery late Wednesday afternoElgState Bank North McLean Boulevard. | Bill O’Neill~For Sun-Times Media

Police respond to a bank robbery late Wednesday afternoon at Elgin State Bank on North McLean Boulevard. | Bill O’Neill~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 21, 2012 8:33AM

Authorities were investigating three separate robberies Wednesday afternoon in the area— two in Elgin and one in East Dundee.

Drawing the most attention was a robbery at about 4:45 p.m. of Elgin State Bank at 590 N. McLean Blvd., on the city’s west side. Police arrested two people following a car chase and foot chase just after 5 p.m.,

A third suspect, who fled the scene, was arrested in Batavia early Thursday morning, easing concerns in the Big Timber Road and McClean area where police asked residents to stay inside and lock their doors and windows and to call 911 if they saw

anything out of the ordinary.

Details of the arrest were not immediately available. Charges against the suspect are expected to be filed later Thursday.

Lt. Glenn Theriault said Wednesday night the city sent out a Code Red reverse 911 to alert area residents. “Our focus right now is on safety,” Theriault said. “We have a significant response out here to make sure we … threw as many resources as we can.”

Two K-9 units were working to track the suspect, along with numerous police officers, and an AirOne helicopter from the regional law enforcement aviation coalition also was involved. The FBI was investigating.

Reports indicated that at some point after the bank was robbed, police began chasing a car with three occupants to the area near Royal Boulevard and Ruth Drive, where two got out and fled on foot; the third occupant was arrested. One of the two who fled on foot reportedly was captured soon afterward about four blocks away in the 700 block of Scott Drive.

Elgin police at the time already were investigating a robbery about 4:20 p.m. at the pharmacy of the Super Walmart at Bowes and Randall roads. The robbery apparently involved the taking of drugs, but no weapon was shown, Theriault said. More information was not immediately available.

A third robbery was reported at 5 p.m., at the Check Into Cash at 551 Dundee Ave. in East Dundee. Police Chief Terry Mee said a man in dark clothing and brandishing a black handgun walked into the store and demanded cash from the two female employees.

“He took cash from the cash drawers and demanded more money,” Mee said, and the suspect eventually made the two employees wait in a bathroom while he continued to ransack the store, searching for more cash. It is believed he was in the store for five to eight minutes, Mee said.

The man left while the two women were in the bathroom, and they could not tell police what he was driving or which direction he fled.

Police were viewing surveillance tape from the store in attempts to identify the offender, Mee said. Police also canvassed the area for suspects and witnesses.

Despite the timing of the robberies, Theriault said police believe they were unrelated.

Wednesday’s Elgin State Bank robbery was not at the same site as another Elgin State Bank holdup that occurred Dec. 20; that one took place at the Randall and Bowes roads location. A suspect was arrested and charged in that incident.

— Writer Janelle Walker contributed to this report.

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