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Elgpolice work scene bank robbery Tuesday evening ElgState Bank 1001 S. Randall Road. An undetermined amount money was reported taken

Elgin police work at the scene of a bank robbery Tuesday evening at Elgin State Bank, 1001 S. Randall Road. An undetermined amount of money was reported taken, and police were still looking for the offender Wednesday. | Bill O'Neill~For Sun-Times

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Updated: January 23, 2012 10:50AM

ELGIN — The FBI is searching for a man who apparently robbed other suburban banks earlier this month before making off with an undisclosed amount of money just before 5 p.m. Tuesday from Elgin State Bank, 1001 S. Randall Road.

“We do believe this is the work of the same guy that robbed the bank on Dec. 5 in Geneva and again Dec. 6 in Wheaton,” said Cynthia Yates, a spokeswoman for the FBI.

“That’s all based on witness description.”

The robber — described on as a black man, 18 to 24 years old, 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-1 and about 150 pounds — walked into the Elgin bank alone and handed a teller a note announcing the robbery.

He implied he had a weapon, although none was displayed, according to Yates. He also threatened harm if his demands were not met, she said.

No one was injured and, after the robbery, the man fled the bank on foot, Yates said.

The same man also is suspected of robbing First State Bank on Dec. 5 at 323 W. State St., Geneva; Fifth Third Bank on Dec. 6 at 1500 N. Main St., Wheaton; and TCF Bank Dec. 9 at 567 North Avenue, Glendale Heights. That’s according to

Photos of the robbery in Wheaton on that website show him wearing a black hat, black gloves, black jacket and light sweatpants with a stripe on the leg, as well as glasses with black frames.

Elgin police confirmed the robbery Wednesday morning and said its investigation is under the jurisdiction of the FBI, which had been on the scene Tuesday evening.

More photos of the bank robber and information about those robberies can be found on To contact the FBI with information about the robber or robberies, people should call 312-421-6700.

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