Elgin police investigate the scene of a bank robbery that took place Tuesday morning at Old Second Bank on Route 20 in Elgin. January 15, 2013 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 18, 2013 1:19AM
CHICAGO — Details emerged Wednesday about what happened when the Old Second Bank’s branch at Route 20 near Nesler Road was robbed Tuesday morning.
Federal officials identified the accused robber as Jeremy Evans, 30, of Carol Stream. He was charged with bank robbery in federal court. After he appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason in Chicago on Wednesday, Mason ordered him held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago until detention (bond) and preliminary hearings at 11 a.m. Jan. 24.
According to an affidavit filed at that hearing by FBI agent Anthony Reeves, the robber was wearing a black mask — apparently cloth similar to a ski mask — plus black gloves, and was holding a black handgun when he walked up to a teller at 9:15 a.m., and said, “Give me all the money.”
When the teller gave him money from one cash drawer, Reeves reported, the robber demanded that she also empty a second drawer. Still unsatisfied about the amount of cash, the robber then jumped over the counter, forced that teller and another employee to take him to the bank’s vault, and stood by while they tried to get the vault door to open by inputting their personal security codes.
But the employees failed to get the vault to open. So the robber eventually gave up, climbed back over the counter and drove off eastbound on Route 20 in a white Toyota Camry with a temporary license plate on its rear.
Elgin police later reported he stopped nearby to wait for a red light to turn green.
Evans, driving a white Camry with a temporary plate, was stopped just minutes later about five miles to the east, at Route 20 and Lambert Lane, by Elgin police Officers Eric Echevarria, Josh Miller and Robert Henke.
According to the FBI affidavit, when Echevarria ordered him out of the car, Evans said, “I know why you are stopping me.”
Soon after, Evans also allegedly told the three Elgin officers, “I’m coming from the bank. It’s a fake gun, and it is in the center console.”
The affidavit says that investigators found a plastic bag inside the car that contained a black Air Soft Sig Sauer airgun, a hoodie and gloves similar to those the robber wore, a black hat with face mask attached, and $4,812 — the exact amount, the affidavit said, that bookkeeping analysis showed was missing from the bank.
According to the affidavit, the money included several bills whose serial numbers had been recorded at the bank for use as “bait money” to be given to a bank robber.
FBI officials declined to say whether Evans has a criminal record or whether he is suspected in any other bank robberies.
Elgin police said the Camry had been rented from a car rental agency. The FBI affidavit said the temporary license plate did not correspond to any valid Illinois registration and that the numbers on it appeared to have been altered.