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UPDATE: PNC Bank Robbed in Highland Park

Photos of the robbery released; robber not yet apprehended.

Update 1:06 p.m.: The Highland Park Police Department has issued a news release with the following information on this morning's PNC Bank robbery.

At 8:08 a.m. Thursday morning, a black male in his 20s walked into the bank's lobby and presented a note to the teller. The note implied the man had a gun and directed her to turn over the cash from the drawer. The teller complied.

The offender was last seen walking west on Central Avenue. He has not been located as of noon Thursday. There were no injuries as a result of the robbery.

Residents are encouraged by the Highland Park Police to report any unusual activity, but are urged not to approach anyone acting suspiciously.

Update 10:16 a.m.: More information about this morning's robbery and robber was just sent out by the , who received it from Highland Park Police Investigator Scott Fishman:

Today at 8:10 a.m. the PNC Bank at Central and First Street was robbed. The robber gave the teller a note and implied a weapon. He also left some sort of device at the bank and it is being examined at this time by law enforcement.

The offender is described as a 5'8'', medium build, black male with glasses, possibly wearing a wig. He was also described as wearing dark pants and a dark jacket.

Update 10 a.m.: According to multiple sources, the PNC Bank robber has been described as a black man in his 20s.

Earlier: The on Central Avenue in Highland Park was robbed shortly after opening Thursday morning, according to Highland Park Police officers.

A press release will soon be available with more details about the incident. As of 9:30 a.m., Highland Park police officers set up a two-block perimeter from the scene of the crime. All schools within two blocks of the PNC are on lockdown.

A canine unit from North Chicago's Police Department was walking along Central Avenue while Highland Park officers looked through plants and bushes for anything the robber might have left behind after fleeing the bank.

An FBI agent was also at the scene, speaking with three of the bank's visibly shaken employees.

The robber was not the same as the one who , according to Highland Park Police Detective Sean Curran.

Keep checking back for more information.

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Stu Pidasso September 24, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Ed, I Sincerely thank you for the comment. I respect your postings in the past, and feel that you are an asset to our community. I feel you hit things head on without all of the peripheral BS and I respect that. Have a great weekend!
Frank Williams September 24, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Not that it is any of your business, but that is my name and I have lived in HP on St. Johns Ave. for over 15 years. I have lived in several other cities as well. Just because you didn't find me on the internet doesn't mean s**t. You didn't answer my question Stu....what caused you to hate the police so much?
Keeper September 24, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Stu you are very wrong. The last bank robber prior to the last two was caught and is already doing federal time. Where do you get your information from?
Keeper September 24, 2011 at 09:16 PM
What scares me more than bank robbers is people like Stu who choose to spread I'll words claiming to know all. Scarier yet when people like that come together and pretend to have a voice. You really need to do more research and stop sounding like you know it all because we know you don't. It just sounds ignorant. Your opinion or not.
Stu Pidasso September 24, 2011 at 09:26 PM
Keeper, --- as I have said earlier..which is your opinion, is fine.Opinions are like *** holes, everyone has one.
Stu Pidasso September 24, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Frank, just because they wear a badge,does not make them high and mighty!! I cannot discuss in a public forum my experiences. If you were to find out... you would understand...I will leave it at that and move on. I don't hate, it is a waste of time, until we walk in someone elses shoes and see what makes them behave the way they do. I feel sorry for people who are like that(dysfunctional). Thank You.
Frank Williams September 24, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Stu, you are right about opinions. But the problem is you have made statements that you claimed are facts and they are not. Keeper called you out. You obviously have internet access so get your facts right then argue your position (it is much more effective that way). Your arguments lack intelligence. And calling me out when you are using an alias is a good example.
Frank Williams September 24, 2011 at 09:41 PM
There you go again with your stereotyping. All cops do not think they are high and mighty. You obviously have had some bad experiences which tells me you MAY not be a law abiding citizen. Which would explain your general attitude towards cops
Stuart Senescu September 24, 2011 at 11:35 PM
when i walk in someone else's shoes, I have their shoes and i'm further away so they can't run up and get them back.
John Richards September 25, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Everytime I read one of Franks comments I smell bacon....its weird.
Mara Meyer September 25, 2011 at 05:43 AM
One way to get free advertising!
Stu Pidasso September 25, 2011 at 06:10 AM
Stuart, you should tryout for Comedy Central! Ithink you would be a hit!! NOT
Sad September 26, 2011 at 12:32 AM
honestly grow up all of you
Stu Pidasso September 27, 2011 at 12:02 AM
Curious, what was the response time to the alarm at the bank?Seriously I had heard 4-5 minutes. Is this a direct connect or third party alarm line? Along time to repond to a hold up alarm if true. Any feedback would be nice
Stu Pidasso September 27, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Curious, what was the response time to the hold up alarm?, I have heard it was 4-5 minutes. If so, that is a long time for a hold up alarm. I was under the impression that the banks have a direct connect to the alarm panel at the station. I would like some stats on this, as I would think the response time should be quicker knowing we have a police substation across the street at Port Clinton!
Stu Pidasso September 27, 2011 at 12:13 AM
I also heard the teller tripped the alarm while the robber was in the bank! He then exited the bank on the North side and proceeded to walk slowly westbound on Central ave.! Unbelievable, Is there any chance he was wearing a Silicone mask (VERY LIFELIKE) and removed it quickly once out of the banks view? just a thought
David Greenberg September 27, 2011 at 01:49 AM
I guess that the response time would be a factor of where a Police officer happens to be when the call comes in. If its a direct connect, it shows up on the board at the Police station, if it's a 3rd party, then the call has to come into the 3rd party - figure 30sec - 1 min for the communicator to transmit, 15 sec for the system to process, 15-30 sec for an operator to call and communicate with the Police dispatcher, then time for the local officer to get over to the bank. So figure 2 minutes just for the Dispatcher to be notified - in a best case scenario. In some instances, the timeline could be lengthened because of issues at the 3rd party processing station, or issues in progress that the Dispatcher/911 people are dealing with. Maybe you had a 3 minute response - if the cop came from the station on Deerfield Road - then that's pretty fast. The Officers in that sub-station drive those mini's mainly for parking control, I wouldn't expect them to use that car to chase anyone down. Not that an officer couldn't walk over there, but still - when you hear bank robbery, you don't necessarily want to go running head-strong into the situation, so even if you do come over, you're going to take a round-about way just in case the crook has a gun. Besides the cop potentially getting shot at, you could have innocent civilians getting grabbed (read: hostage situation), or accidentally shot in the cross-fire... So 4-5 minutes doesn't seem too long or out of the ordinary to me...
David Greenberg September 27, 2011 at 01:54 AM
When you get right down to it - it might not have even been a black guy. Someone with the right kind of mask could also wear gloves to give that impression. Still, from what I understand, those masks are quite expensive and specialized to make. From what we've heard, about $2K was stolen, so I doubt it'd even cover the cost of the mask! What's more likely is that the person removed the wig and shirt after being out of view - stuff it into that little bowling bag he had and no one would notice anything especially if he walked away calmly. How many times during the day do you see someone calmly walking along and take any notice of it? Contrast that with someone running full-tilt - now that catches your attention. If the guy planned this well (and it would seem that he did) - he likely had his exit strategy mapped out. Chances are he'll open his mouth and someone will report him, or he'll hit another location and get caught. Except for the D.B. Cooper's of the world, these guys always get caught eventually... No one got hurt, that's the most important thing.
John Richards September 27, 2011 at 06:32 AM
THIS WILL BE MY LAST COMMENT: POLICE DO NOT CARRY A SERVICE WEAPON TO PROTECT YOU...THEY CARRY ONE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. PEOPLE ASK ME "WHY DO YOU OWN A FIREARM AND KEEP IT AT THE READY?" I RESPOND TO THEM "BECAUSE WHEN SECONDS COUNT...THE POLICE ARE JUST MINUTES AWAY" A 5 MIN RESPONSE TIME....WELL IT MIGHT AS WELL BE 5 HOURS BECAUSE IF YOU ARE IN A HOME DEFENSE POSITION YOU ARE DEAD MEAT IN 5 MINUTES. PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBLITY FOR THEIR OWN PROTECTION: YOU CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT RELY ON HPPD.
Russ Krochock September 27, 2011 at 05:18 PM
I also agree with Frank. It's not the police that are the embarrassment to this community, John...it's self-righteous people like you that propagate the stereotype that people who live in the north shore act like...well...like you just did in you post. Are you actually basing part of your argument on what the police presence looked like at a parade?! You're that jerk at the parade who ran across the street in front of my float (and almost got hit) to grab a mini frisbee for your daughter, aren't you?
Stu Pidasso September 27, 2011 at 05:30 PM
John, I have to agree with you, " when seconds count,the police are minutes away" I would hope that it would never come down to that, though one has to be ready to respond quickly and effectively. As our economic condtion seems to deteriorate by the week, we need to be ready to counteract more people taking desperate chances like robbery and burglarizing homes. Do you really think that most criminals are going to be unarmed if they are breaking into someones home in the middle of the night. People, lets take our heads out of the sand and take a hard look at reality.
RonnieTheLimoDriver September 27, 2011 at 08:27 PM
I disagree with most everything you have posted in this thread but on this point I am in complete agreement. I take responsibility for my own family's protection, and am well trained and equipped to deal with such a situation should the need arise. I learned the hard way that this is required, even with the excellent police services we have on the North Shore. 5-10 min response time is a long time in a life and death situation. When I lived in the city it was more like 20 mins. I recommend that citizens who feel that they can handle the responsibility are prepared to defend themselves.
Stu Pidasso September 27, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Ronnie, Thank you. My thoughts exactly on being prepared to defend oneself if the situation evere arises. Excellent post. Have a great day! Rodney
Keeper September 28, 2011 at 03:41 PM
I would have to agree with the self protection statements. Being prepared during any emergency is vital. Although it doesn't always ensure a positive outcome it certainly shifts the advantage. Proper training and proficiency with the weapon of choice is essential. Educating yourself on the law and understanding when to use it can make all the difference. In time Illinois will become a conceal carry state but I believe it will take time and a brave person in office. As mentioned by others, I rarely agree with Stu's comments and opinions but in this case I would.
Stu Pidasso September 28, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Keeper, Thank you! I am not here to pull anyones nose hairs, but I do believe in being trained and prepared. Have a great day!
Stuart Senescu September 28, 2011 at 06:28 PM
I have a spring gun so i don't even have to be home.
Keeper September 29, 2011 at 11:16 AM
Oh good, cause I like my nose hairs right where they are...
Keeper October 03, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Rumor has it this robber was identified and arrested. Funny it didn't make any news.
Stuart Senescu October 03, 2011 at 10:25 PM
and your source is whom? Maybe rumors are not news. That's why we try to have a presumption of innocence. Rumor has it you shot an elephant in your pajamas last night; what it was doing in your pajamas is unknown to Highland Park police at this time.
Keeper October 03, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Point well taken...

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