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Bank Robber Sentenced to 9 Years Following $3,000 Heist

 A man robbed a Loop bank and took law enforcement officers on a chase underground and along subway tracks, officials said.
A man robbed a Loop bank and took law enforcement officers on a chase underground and along subway tracks, officials said.
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DOWNTOWN — The bank robber who led police on an underground chase after stealing roughly $3,000 in 2015 has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison.

Earlier this year, a federal jury found Alvin Edgeworth guilty of bank robbery and brandishing a loaded gun in the January 2015 case, which started at Belmont Bank & Trust, 121 W. Wacker Dr.

According to an FBI complaint, Edgeworth donned an orange safety vest and yellow construction hard hat when he entered the bank, pulled a gun and demanded money about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2015.

Edgeworth demanded $100 bills, officials said, but the teller said he couldn't access those.

The teller instead gave Edgeworth money and a tracking device from his drawer, according to the complaint. Edgeworth left the bank, and employees called 911.

Just 10 minutes later, police — who'd been tracking Edgeworth with the bank's tracking device — spotted a man who matched the bank robber's description near State and Monroe streets, according to the FBI.

Officers chased the man and followed him underground to a CTA Red Line platform at 121 S. State St., officials said. Police followed the man on to subway tracks, where they were able to arrest him.

Edgeworth was carrying a stainless-steel revolver, a yellow construction hat, an orange vest, the bank's tracking device and bills that added up to $3,220, the FBI said.

On Thursday, a federal judge sentenced Edgeworth to nine years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.