UPDATED: Wearing Nun Masks, Armed Robbers Hold Up Palos Heights Bank

The TCF Bank branch in Palos Heights was robbed Sunday, according to the FBI, in a style reminiscent of the movie "The Town."

Wearing nun masks and habits, armed bank robbers staged a brazen Sunday afternoon bank robbery in Palos Heights in a scene reminiscent of a recent Hollywood movie. Forcing a bank employee into the vault with a pistol aimed at her head, the robbers made off with a duffel bag full of cash.

The "takeover-style" robbery took place at about 2 p.m. Sunday at TCF Bank, 6410 West 127th St. in Palos Heights, according to the FBI.

Brandishing what appeared to be handguns, the suspects held up the bank wearing nun masks and habits similar to the ones used by bank robbers in the movie The Town, according to a spokesman for the FBI's Chicago office.

The employees were ordered to the bank's vault where they were told to fill a duffel bag with cash, according to police.

The robbers drove away in a silver, four-door Chevrolet, according to police. The car was seen fleeing north on Ridgeland Avenue, police said.

No one was injured in the robbery, said Palos Heights police Detective Gerard Wodka.

Two suspects were caught by security cameras. Palos Heights police provided a physical description:

  • A light complexioned black man, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, wearing black-and-white gym shoes, black-colored gloves and armed with a revolver. 
  • A light complexioned black woman, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, wearing black boots, white gloves and armed with a semi-automatic pistol.

In security camera images provided by the FBI, one of the robbers can be seen holding what appears to be a gun to the head of a female bank employee.

The entire robbery lasted under three minutes and occurred several minutes before the bank closed at 2 p.m., Wodka said. There were two employees and no security guards working at the time. No customers were present, Wodka said.

The investigation is ongoing and both the Palos Heights Police Department and the Chicago office of the FBI are investigating.

Investigators are urging anyone with information to contact the Palos Heights Police Department at 708-448-5060, or the Chicago FBI office at 312-421-6700.

UPDATED 5/31 9:26 a.m. with additional details.

UPDATED May 31, 2:54 p.m. Police clarified descriptions of the suspects.

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Tyler June 01, 2011 at 09:22 PM
I agree, the pics might not be the best quality but its easy to see they are white
Jeanne Kimble June 01, 2011 at 09:53 PM
It's pretty easy to jump to conclusions re: race or color of alleged suspect........but KNOW THIS: There are many black persons who have skin color and hair exactly like whites! I'm wondering if the witness, whether police or civilian,based their conclusion on voices, accents etc.
Jay R. June 01, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Movie or not, these criminals were going to rob the bank regardless..... The article also does not mention how many robbers there were in total, besides these kinds of crimes normally have other participants waiting outside. No robber of this caliber goes into a bank with all they're ammo unless it is an inside job. The color of skin is only used to narrow down suspects....Not to imply or suggest that one race is more willing to commit a crime over the other. In fact I wouldn't be surprise if this ring of criminals is a multicultural group....
E.R. June 01, 2011 at 11:33 PM
Did you people not read where it said the suspects were wearing white gloves? I'm assuming the bank tellers provided a majority of the description to the FBI and police since they were the only ones who actually had contact. This isn't about race. It's you people who try to turn everything into a racial debate that look like fools when they are obviously just trying to narrow down suspects and keep people forewarned.
KaylenM June 06, 2011 at 06:17 AM
This news sounds very alarming. This also proves that films greatly influence people that even robbers copy their stealth from these. Two armed burglars dressed as nuns jumped a teller countertop in an Ill. financial institution last Sunday. The thieves ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash. The burglary closely echoed a scene in last year's critically commended film, "The Town," with Ben Affleck. If Affleck is not cautious, he may end up paying <a title="We’ll help you find any kind of payday loan you want" href="http://personalmoneystore.com/personal-loans/">personal loans</a> for a suit.


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