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Police question two in bank robbery

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 11:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 1:23 p.m. CDT
(Chris LaFortune – clafortune@shawmedia.com)
Police vehicles and officers line Vine Street near Hutchins Street Tuesday morning following reports of a chase.
(Rob Winner – rwinner@shawmedia.com)
The Merchants and Manufacturers Bank located at 990 Essington Road in Joliet was robbed Tuesday morning.

JOLIET – Two men were being questioned by the FBI following a bank robbery Tuesday.

Joliet police were notified at 10:29 a.m. of a robbery at Merchants and Manufacturers Bank, 990 Essington Road, according to Cmdr. Al Roechner.

No one was injured during the robbery, and witnesses said a small white car fled the area after the holdup.

A few minutes later, patrol officers spotted a matching vehicle in the 1500 block of North Larkin Avenue and attempted to pull it over, Roechner said. A chase ensued to an alley near the 1000 block of Cora Street, where two men ran out of the vehicle.

Roechner said the men were found hiding in a yard in the 1000 block of Vine Street at 10:49 a.m. They were taken into custody and will face charges of obstructing justice and fleeing from police, Roechner said.

The identities of the two suspects had not been released as of Tuesday afternoon because the FBI was interviewing them at the police station about the bank robbery, FBI Special Agent Joan Hyde said.

Tuesday’s robbery was the area’s second bank robbery in two days.

A teller was shot during a robbery at 12 p.m. Monday at the First Midwest Bank, 450 N. Bolingbrook Drive in Bolingbrook. In that robbery, police were looking for a black man in his early 20s, about 6-foot, 190 pounds. He was wearing a mask, jeans, a black hoodie, a red hat and a black bandana with white markings.

The FBI is also investigating that incident.

“While [Tuesday’s] investigation is in the preliminary stages, we have no reason to believe the two robberies are connected at this time,” Hyde said Tuesday afternoon.

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