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Lebanon bank robbed at gunpoint, police say

Police surround bank in Lebanon

Police officers from multiple agencies responded to Regions Bank in Lebanon, IL in October after it was robbed.
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Police officers from multiple agencies responded to Regions Bank in Lebanon, IL in October after it was robbed.

Police are searching for a man who entered a Regions Bank early Thursday afternoon and committed an armed robbery.

Police Chief David Roth said no arrests had been made as of Saturday afternoon.

Roth said an unidentified man entered the bank at approximately 1:03 p.m. Thursday wearing a mask and displaying a silver, semiautomatic handgun. Roth said the man demanded cash from a teller and left with an undisclosed amount of money. The man went to a nearby vehicle that was described as a blue SUV and escaped.

Roth said the suspect is described as a black male, either 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2, weighs approximately 220 pounds and may be bald. He was wearing a ball cap that was white on top and a dark color on the bill that apparently had a sticker on it. The mask appears to be the type painters use to prevent inhalation of dust or fumes.

No one was injured in the robbery.

The incident drew a large police presence and part of East Schuetz Street was blocked off after the incident. Officers from Lebanon, Trenton and Mascoutah police departments were on the scene.

This is the second armed robbery of a metro-east bank in less than a month. On Sept. 21, PNC Bank, at 2500 Green Mount Commons Drive in Belleville, was robbed. Belleville police said a male suspect went into PNC Bank armed with a gun and took an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect was last seen fleeing the scene in an older model, dark maroon car, which was identified as a Chevrolet Caprice. Police said the suspect was wearing a “Halloween-style mask” to hide his face when he got inside the bank.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers

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