Metro-East News

Police looking for suspect who robbed PNC Bank wearing Halloween mask

Masked man robs PNC bank in Belleville

A bank was robbed and the robber escaped with cash from the PNC Bank across from Southwestern Illinois College and in front of Walmart on Carlyle Avenue in Belleville. Belleville Police Capt. Matt Eiskant talks about the robbery Wednesday at the P
Up Next
A bank was robbed and the robber escaped with cash from the PNC Bank across from Southwestern Illinois College and in front of Walmart on Carlyle Avenue in Belleville. Belleville Police Capt. Matt Eiskant talks about the robbery Wednesday at the P

Metro-east police were looking for a suspect Wednesday afternoon after they said a man wearing a Halloween mask allegedly robbed a bank in Green Mount Commons.

Belleville Police Department confirmed that an armed robbery had occurred just after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at PNC Bank, located at 2500 Green Mount Commons Drive in Belleville.

Belleville Capt. Matt Eiskant said the investigation was still active by 12:30 p.m. and that police were looking for a male suspect. Eiskant said the suspect “displayed a handgun.”

Police described the suspect as a black male, about 6-foot-5, wearing a Halloween mask, white gloves, a black hoodie and blue pants. Eiskant said the man took off the mask after allegedly robbing the bank.

Several Belleville, Illinois, police cars could be seen at PNC Bank located in Green Mount Commons on Wednesday.

Eiskant said the suspect took an “undisclosed amount of money” and fled the scene in a dark maroon car.

“We’re following down numerous leads and hope to resolve this very shortly,” Eiskant said on Wednesday afternoon.

At least seven unmarked police cars were in the PNC Bank parking lot, and bank customers were not being permitted to enter the bank building at noon on Wednesday after the robbery was reported.

Marcy Zweibel, vice president and senior manager of Corporate Media Relations for PNC, said the bank would remained closed the rest of Wednesday but should open as normal on Thursday. She referred all other questions about the incident to law enforcement.

“There are a lot of people in this area, and it’s kind of odd that this bank would be robbed, just because of the amount of traffic,” Eiskant said.

Police also said surveillance images would be made available to assist in the investigation.

No one was injured as a result of the incident.

Return to BND.com for more on this developing story.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers

  Comments