Illinois Bank Robbed by Two Suspects

Duo ordered employee to disable the alarm after confronting morning's first employee in parking lot


EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Two suspects robbed the National Bank of Edwardsville, Ill., on Saturday morning, tying up one of two employees after forcing the employee to the floor at gunpoint.

Neither employee was injured.

Edwardsville police received a 911 call at 7:53 a.m. from the bank, located at 1611 Troy Road.

Two robbers had approached an employee arriving for work. They got out of the back of a white cargo van parked on the vacant lot south of the bank and confronted the employee at the back door. Armed with handguns, the robbers forced the employee into the bank, according to a statement issued by Sgt. Scott Evers, chief investigator.

Once inside, they ordered the employee to disable the alarm. A few minutes later, when a second employee arrived, the robbers forced the employee to the floor at gunpoint and tied up the employee, Evers stated.

Both suspects wore long, blue, loose-fitting, hooded robes, blue work pants and wigs with long black hair that covered their faces. They left by the back door with an undisclosed amount of money.

Responding police units found the cargo van abandoned about three blocks from the bank in the 200 block of Fifth Avenue. It had been left running with the keys in the ignition, Evers stated. The van had been reported stolen Friday from a Quick Trip in Bel-Ridge, Mo.