Crime

Fairview police seek suspect in bank robbery

Fairview Heights police were searching Wednesday for a man who robbed a bank there earlier Wednesday.

According to police department reports, at 9:48 a.m. a black male suspect wearing a red stocking cap with the number 32 on it, a dark jacket and a light-colored button-down shirt walked into the U.S. Bank at 6701 North Illinois St. and announced a robbery to the teller.

The suspect did not display a weapon, but he told the teller he had one.

The suspect was last seen running out of the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses did not see in which direction he headed.

This is the second time in a little over a month that a U.S. Bank location in Fairview Heights was robbed. On Feb. 10, the branch inside the Schnuck’s grocery store at 625 Lincoln Highway was robbed. A suspect was captured about two and a half weeks after that robbery and charged in connection with it.

Fairview Heights Police Deparment Lt. Mike Hoguet said he doesn’t believe there is any connection between the two robberies.

“The first one, if you looked into it, you’d see that he was going from bank to bank to support his lifestyle,” Hoguet said. “Our turn just finally came up on his list. We don’t know enough about the second suspect yet to make the determination about what his motives are. But I’d say there’s nothing about (Fairview Heights that’s more appealing to bank robbers).”

Anyone with information about Wednesday’s bank robbery or the suspect is asked to call the Fairview Heights Police Department at 618-489-2133.

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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