By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Quincy Police Department is still searching for a man who robbed First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust branch at 3233 Broadway on Wednesday afternoon.
An undisclosed amount of cash was taken by a man described as a black male in his mid- to late 20s, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. At the time of the robbery, police said the man was wearing a blue stocking cap, black-rimmed glasses, a red fleece top, black gloves and gray sweatpants.
"We received some information and possible leads last night shortly after the incident," Lt. Jason Simmons said this morning. "We have followed up on some of that information. At this point, there is nothing definite in assisting us and locking us down to one individual."
Simmons said Quincy police are working with the FBI and state agencies on the case.
"We are looking into the possibility of other tie-ins with some other agencies who had similar circumstances with some bank robberies outside the Quincy area," Simmons said. "There is some initial information and video footage that indicates this robbery is similar to some others."
Officers responded at 3:59 p.m. to a robbery call at the bank. Simmons said the man did not display a weapon, and no one was hurt during the heist. Two customers in the bank at the time of the robbery, he said.
"(The man) gave the teller a note that had specific instructions on it," Simmons said. "The suspect did verbally tell the teller, "This is a robbery.' The bank employee followed protocol to the letter to ensure their safety as well as the safety of their customers."
Simmons said eight Quincy officers and one member of the Adams County Sheriff's Department responded to the call initially.
The man left the scene on foot. A police dog was used to try to track the man. Officers searched several buildings in the area.
"He ran west from the bank on the roadway north of McDonald's," Simmons said. "He ran through the alley that separates Starbucks and Petco and made a south turn on the west side of Starbucks. He then ran westbound toward 30th Street through the parking lot of CVS."
Simmons said the man was not wearing any kind of disguise. Surveillance shots from the bank show the man with what appears to be a white nose.
"We think that is the way the light is hitting his face at that point," Simmons said.
It has been more than a year since the last robbery of a financial institution in Quincy. On Dec. 22, 2011, the Hometown Credit Union, 1420 Harrison, was robbed by a lone man at gunpoint just after the bank opened that day. No one has been arrested in connection with that heist.
Simmons said he didn't believe there was a connection between Wednesday's robbery and the unsolved crime from a year ago.
"We continue to work very diligently in that previously unsolved bank robbery at the credit union," Simmons said.
Another credit union also was held up in 2011. Members First Community Credit Union, 1201 N. 24th, was robbed in May 2011. Adam T. Wright of Springfield was arrested in connection with that robbery. He was sentenced to nine years in federal prison last month for his role in 10 bank robberies over an eight-year period. He was ordered to pay $28,759 in restitution to five banks he robbed in 2011, including Members First.
The last time a Quincy bank was robbed was in June 2001, when Central State Bank at 12th and Jefferson, and State Street Bank in the County Market at Ninth and Jefferson, were robbed on back-to-back days.
Virgil Lehner was arrested two months later in Florida. He pleaded guilty to robbing Central State Bank and received 10 years in prison. He was also charged in the State Street Bank robbery, but that charge was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea in the other robbery.
Anyone with information about Wednesday's bank holdup should contact the Quincy Police Department at (217) 228-4470 or Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers at (217) 228-4474.