Police searching for man after report of bank robbery in Alton


Police were searching Wednesday for a man they believe robbed a bank in upper Alton.

Police described him as a black male, approximately 5-foot-5, wearing a black puffy coat with the hood raised, a white shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses. The man robbed the U.S. Bank at 1520 Washington Ave. in Alton at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, when an employee sounded a silent alarm.

The Alton Telegraph reported that an Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network broadcast called the holdup an armed robbery, but Alton police radio said the man did not display a weapon. Police canine units searched the area, including through Rock Spring Park, but did not locate a suspect.

Alton police warned that anyone who sees him should not approach him, but anyone with information can call 618-463-3505 or dial 911.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald