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Article updated: 11/15/2013 2:05 PM

Gurnee police release images of man accused in credit union robbery

Security video shows the suspect in Thursday’s robbery of the Community Trust Credit Union in Gurnee as he jumps on the counter.

Security video shows the suspect in Thursday's robbery of the Community Trust Credit Union in Gurnee as he jumps on the counter.

 

Courtesy of Gurnee Police Department

The robbery suspect, left, approaches a teller and is caught on security video Thursday at the Community Trust Credit Union in Gurnee.

The robbery suspect, left, approaches a teller and is caught on security video Thursday at the Community Trust Credit Union in Gurnee.

 

Courtesy of Gurnee Police Department

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Gurnee police have released images they hope will provide leads to a man accused of robbing a credit union.

Police said they received a call for an armed robbery in progress at 1:44 p.m. Thursday at Community Trust Credit Union off Route 41 near Delany Road on the village's north end.

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Cmdr. Willie Meyer said the first officers to arrive learned the suspect had fled the area north on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. He said the suspect got away, despite search efforts by Gurnee's canine unit and a law enforcement aviation coalition's Air-One helicopter.

Meyer said the bandit, who implied he possessed a gun, wore a ski mask pulled over his face. The suspect was described as a black man in his 30s, believed to be 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 160 to 180 pounds.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white bandanna. Meyer said the man also was described as wearing white shoes with black trim and a red sweatshirt with writing on the shoulder and front, with some type of emblem on the hood.

As part of Friday's release of the suspect's images, authorities said anyone with information is encouraged to call the Gurnee Police Department at (847) 599-7000 or the FBI at (312) 421-6700.

Meyer said Viking Junior High School, Warren Township High School's O'Plaine Campus and River Trail School in the vicinity of the robbery were placed on soft lockdown while the unsuccessful search occurred.

No injuries were reported from the robbery, police said.

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