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Police nab suspect in Belleville bank robbery; could be linked to 2 previous cases

Belleville Police respond to Regions bank

Belleville Police responded to Regions Bank on Wednesday at the corner of Carlyle Avenue and Illinois 161. It was not immediately clear why officers were at the business.
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Belleville Police responded to Regions Bank on Wednesday at the corner of Carlyle Avenue and Illinois 161. It was not immediately clear why officers were at the business.

Belleville police officers apprehended a suspect following a robbery Wednesday at Regions Bank.

The robbery happened about noon at the bank at 655 Carlyle Ave. The suspect was apprehended after a brief vehicle pursuit, according to reports.

The suspect, wearing a striped shirt and yellow hat, handed a note to a teller but did not display a weapon, according to reports. The man left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Officers who responded noticed a vehicle that was similar to a vehicle seen in two recent bank robberies. The driver of the vehicle attempted to flee, but stopped after a short chase.

The two previous bank robberies happened Aug. 6 in Belleville and Shiloh. According to police, a suspect attempted to rob PNC Bank in Belleville on Green Mount Commons Drive just minutes before a robbery at Shiloh’s Commerce Bank, about four miles north.

Belleville police released surveillance video Tuesday of the attempted robbery at PNC Bank on Monday afternoon. Police are still looking for the suspect.

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