FBI: Elburn bank robber took nearly $120,000

  • A photo of the money stolen Tuesday from the Old Second Bank in Elburn. Robert Johnson, 33, of Machesney Park, has been charged with robbery by force or violence.

    A photo of the money stolen Tuesday from the Old Second Bank in Elburn. Robert Johnson, 33, of Machesney Park, has been charged with robbery by force or violence. Photo courtesy of the FBI

 
 
Updated 4/27/2018 12:17 PM

The man accused of robbing the Old Second National Bank in Elburn on Tuesday took $119,600 by making tellers open the bank's vault.

So reports the FBI, in the complaint it filed Wednesday against 33-year-old Robert Johnson of Machesney Park.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Johnson is charged with one count of bank robbery by force or violence.

According to the FBI, Johnson, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up and black sunglasses, entered the bank at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday and jumped over the counter.

"The robber said words to the effect of, 'I need you to open the vault right now,'" the complaint states.

The two tellers put in the two codes needed to open one side of the vault, and Johnson took money from it and put it in a black trash bag.

"'I need the other side, too,'" he said, according to the complaint. He then took a clear, sealed plastic bag, containing $40,000, and put it in the trash bag.

He vaulted back over the teller counter, left the bank and drove off in a black GMC Envoy.

A customer making a deposit at the bank's drive-up window saw the robbery, called 911, and followed the Envoy out of the parking lot until police arrived.

Elburn police said they found five live rounds of ammunition in one of Johnson's pockets. A person who owns property along the route Johnson took called police to report they found a loaded gun, with an ammunition magazine the same as Johnson had, on their property.

Johnson is being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.

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