Alleged O'Fallon credit union robber couldn't pedal fast enough

News-DemocratFebruary 19, 2014 

The site of the robbery on Wednesday.

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A credit union robbery suspect's getaway vehicle -- a bike -- proved no match for O'Fallon police officers Wednesday afternoon.

O'Fallon Police Lt. Mick Hunter said a man approached a teller at 3:14 p.m. at Scott Credit Union. The suspect displayed what the employee believed was a handgun and a note.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect ran out of the credit union at 712 W. U.S. Highway 50 and headed south, Hunter said.

"O'Fallon police officers responded and located a subject matching the description of the suspect riding a bike away from the scene," Hunter said.

The suspect was apprehended without incident just minutes after the robbery, police said.

The name of the suspect, who is in his 50s, was not released, pending formal charges, Hunter said.

The suspect was in possession of the money, the note displayed and the object the teller thought was a gun, which turned out not to be a weapon, Hunter said.

No one was injured during the robbery. It was not clear if any customers were inside the bank when the robbery occurred.

O'Fallon Police Lt. James Cavins said the investigation is ongoing and police anticipate charges being filed with the St. Clair County State's Attorney on Friday.

Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at 618-239-2562 or jforsythe1@bnd.com.

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