Update: 6:26 p.m. Evanston police now have released photos of the man they say stole $2,600 from the Chase Bank branch at 901 Grove St. in downtown Evanston about 3:30 this afternoon.

Police say these photos show the bank robber in the Chase Bank branch.

Update: 6:26 p.m.: Evanston police now have released photos of the man they say stole $2,600 from the Chase Bank branch at 901 Grove St. in downtown Evanston about 3:30 this afternoon.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the man approached a teller window, presented a note that implied he was armed with a gun and demanded money.

After receiving the cash he walked out of the bank and Parrot says surveillance cameras showed him heading east on Grove Street past Sherman Avenue.

Police stopped and searched Metra and CTA trains in an unsuccessful effort to locate the suspect.

A police official stands at the door of the bank branch shortly after the robbery.

The robbery scene is less than a block from Evanston police headquarters, and since it occurred at shift change time, numerous officers were able to flood the downtown area looking for the robber.

Police now describe the robber as a white or possibly Hispanic male, 35 to 45 years of age and 5-foot-8-inches tall with a heavy build. He was wearing a black baseball style hat, sun-glasses, blue button down shirt, black pants and had a dark colored back pack with a green zipper.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation also responded to the scene to investigate the incident. No injuries were reported and no weapon was displayed.

Police ask anyone with information about the bank robbery to call the Evanston Police Department Detective Bureau at 847-866-5000, use the text-a-tip program by texting to CRIMES (274637) with EPD TIP in the message line or call the Federal Bureau of Investigation Chicago Field Division at 312-421-6700

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Chase bank robbery

    I was at the drive-up of this Chase branch when this occurred, though I didn't know it had happened at the time.  I made 2 trips through the drive-up, first to the ATM (receipt says 3:36pm), and then back about 20 min. later for rolls of coin. 

    I had to wait exiting on my first time there, due to 2 cop cars sirening right by me on Grove as I pulled out to go west, but at that point I wasn't really sure where they were stopping, since I had just turned the other way when they came by.  As I was returning for the 2nd time, about 15-20 min later, I heard on the NPR traffic report that both CTA and Metra were halted due to police action at Davis St.  That's when it occurred to me that it might have been a robbery at that branch.
    When I pulled up to the drive-up window, there was a sign saying the branch was temporarily closed, and as I left I saw there were about a 10+ cops outside.  I suppose they were probably waiting for the Feds and techs to arrive. 
    Then when I circled back around to go west on Davis to go to another Chase branch for my coin, I noticed a bunch of cop cars, 1 in front of the CTA station on Benson, 1 in the Metra pick-up circle, and I think 1 at the west side on Maple.
    Glad I reconsidered going inside the bank on my first visit, and chose the drive-up instead.

  2. Robbery

    Can't wait for someone to recognize this dufus, and turn him in for a reward.   Yes…criminals are dumb.   Nothing like having yourself fully on camera, for easy recognition!

    1. Stupid people

      I too am amazed at the stupidity of people who rob banks.   

      Why would anyone choose to rob a bank when:

          1.  Banks ALWAYS have multiple security cameras.

          2.  Robbing a national bank, like Chase, is not just a state crime, but a Federal crime too.  And the FBI will be looking for you, not just the local cops.

          3.  You won't necessarily get more money at a bank.  If you ask for a big sack of money, it is likely to include an dye pack or other tracer.

          4.  In addition to the security cameras, banks are best prepared….they have panic alarms that will call the cops immediately.

      It seems that robbing taxi drivers, pizza deliverers, and others who handle cash is a safer way to engage in this sort of crime.

  3. Chase bank robbery in Evanston

    Sincerely hope firearms are off limits in financial institutions in regards to the concealed carry act in the state of Illinois. Seems to me that it's a no brainer.

    1. How would banning guns from

      How would banning guns from financial institutions prevent something like this?  The suspect passed a note to the teller demanding the money. Maybe we should ban pens and paper from financial institutions too.

      1. If they ban guns

        If they ban guns they have to post signs. Bank robbers  have to leave the gun at door and just tell teller how much they need. 

        1. Robbing banks

          And make sure there are signs stating that there are surveillance cameras, so the crooks can turn and smile into them! 

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