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Patient Bank Robber Waits In Lobby For Cash, Gets Arrested: Police

By David Matthews | October 19, 2017 4:03pm
 The BMO Harris Bank at 522 W. Roosevelt Road.
The BMO Harris Bank at 522 W. Roosevelt Road.
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SOUTH LOOP — A would-be bank robber was arrested Thursday after demanding cash from a South Loop bank, then deciding to wait patiently for it in the lobby.

The man was detained by Chicago police about noon Thursday in the lobby of the BMO Harris Bank at 522 W. Roosevelt Road, police said. 

The man — whose identity was not disclosed because he has yet to be charged with a crime — handed a bank teller a note, police said. Then he told the teller he was robbing the bank.

"He said, 'Give me the money; I'll be waiting over here,'" said Officer Michelle Tannehill, a Chicago Police spokeswoman.

The man then sat down in the bank's lobby, where police found him after the bank hit a silent alarm, Tannehill said.

Garrett Croon, a spokesman for the Chicago office of the FBI, said that there will be no federal charges against the man after agents reviewed the situation with the U.S. Attorney's Office. Bank robberies are usually federal crimes because most banks are insured by the federal government. 

The man remains in police custody, Croon and Tannehill said.