For the third time in four weeks an area bank has been robbed. Last Thursday morning, Jan. 4, two men robbed the Chase Bank branch at 800 Madison St. According to Oak Park police, the pair walked through the bank’s front door just after 9 a.m., walked up to a teller station, and one of them pointed a handgun. After receiving an undisclosed sum of cash, the two men fled the bank to an “older blue automobile, possibly a Saturn.” That car is similar to one used in the robbery of the TCF Bank in River Forest on Dec. 21. Other details of the two robberies are also similar.

Oak Park evidence technicians were at the bank late Thursday morning, as were agents from the FBI. River Forest investigators stopped by to speak with the FBI regarding the latest incident.

Police originally thought the robbery may have been pulled by the same men who robbed the TCF bank at Harlem and Chicago avenues the afternoon of Dec. 21 by a gunman described as in his 20s. The man demanded that the teller open her cash drawer, then reached in and removed an undisclosed sum of currency.

The man then fled the bank, reortedly meeting up with a teenage accomplice outside. Both men fled on foot westbound.

The men involved in River Forest robbery, however, appear younger in photos than the Oak Park suspects.

Several witnesses told police the two men arrived at the bank in a dark 4-door Buick that was “very loud and in poor condition.” The car in the Oak Park robbery may well have been a Saturn make.

Home invaders take $840 from elderly woman

An 87-year-old River Forest woman who lives in the 7300 block of North Avenue was robbed of $840 the afternoon of Jan. 3 by two men who forced their way past her when she answered her rear door. The woman was knocked to the floor by the man, who then took $840 from her purse and fled to a waiting car.

The woman, who was shaken up but otherwise OK, told police she had allowed a similar-looking man into her apartment last September after he knocked on her door and told her he’d been sent by her landlord to do repair work. Later, the woman noticed that numerous items were missing from her apartment.

-Bill Dwyer

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