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Article updated: 12/13/2012 2:06 PM

Lombard man charged in Des Plaines bank robbery


A Lombard man suspected of committing three Chicago-area bank robberies is in custody, according to an FBI news release.

Martin Crossley, 37, was arrested Monday by FBI agents, who found him at a relative's home in Lombard, the release stated.

He was charged Tuesday with one count of bank robbery in connection with the Nov. 30 robbery of the First Merit Bank at 678 Lee St. in Des Plaines.

A criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago alleges Crossley also robbed the PNC Bank at 1177 Lake-Cook Road in Buffalo Grove on Nov. 19 and the Fifth Third Bank at 1603 W. 16th St. in Oak Brook on Nov. 29.

During the Nov. 30 robbery in Des Plaines, Crossley waited in line as a teller assisted another customer with transactions. The teller interrupted the transactions to assist Crossley, who stepped away, took a plastic liner from a trash can in the bank's lobby and placed it on the counter with a demand note.

The teller placed cash in the trash can liner, adding more when Crossley asked for more, according to the complaint. Crossley got into a physical altercation with a bank customer while leaving, but was able to flee.

Crossley is scheduled to appear in court again on Thursday. If convicted, he faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years.

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