Police release image of suspected Elmhurst bank robber

ELMHURST – It was "business as usual" Thursday morning at Inland Bank in Elmhurst, branch manager Lori Murray said, as the investigation continued into Wednesday's attempted robbery.

A masked man, about 5 feet, 7 inches, entered Inland Bank, 539 S. Spring Road, demanding money and fled on foot at 8:54 a.m., according to a news release from the Elmhurst Police Department.

Chief of Police Michael Ruth said the man threatened that he had a bomb, but the device ended up being fake.
He fled to the intersection of Montrose and Saylor avenues where he got into a waiting getaway car where a driver was waiting for him. The white or silver SUV was last seen driving southbound on Saylor Avenue, Ruth said.

Witnesses told police that a dye pack exploded, possibly contaminating the robber as he entered the car. The robber dropped the bag of money after the pack exploded and left it behind when he took off, Ruth said.

Bank employees followed procedure, Murray said.

Police would not disclose the amount of money the robber tried to get away with, and Ruth said it was unclear whether or not it had all been recovered Wednesday.

No injuries were reported.

The robbery prompted four District 205 schools – Lincoln, Bryan, Madison and Jackson – to go into soft lockdown Wednesday morning while police conducted a search of the area.

A soft lockdown allows student to continue class, while exits and entrances to the building are closed to prevent anyone from leaving or entering the building, according to District 205.

About 10:30 a.m., parents were sent an email from District 205 Superintendent Dave Pruneau confirming police had cleared all four schools.

The bank reopened about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Murray said.

FBI agents are leading the investigation in cooperation with the Elmhurst Police Department.