1 held in Buffalo Grove, Oak Brook bank robberies
This is a photo of a man who reportedly robbed Fifth Third Bank in Oak Brook Thursday and a PNC Bank in Buffalo Grove Nov. 19. The photo is from a security camera at Fifth Third Bank. | photo courtesy of the Oak Brook Police Department
Updated: February 18, 2013 1:15AM
A Lombard man suspected of committing three suburban bank robberies was found and arrested Dec. 10 by FBI agents.
Martin Crossley, 37, was accused of robbing a Des Plaines bank Nov. 30. He is suspected of robbing a Buffalo Grove bank Nov. 19 and an Oak Brook bank Nov. 29.
Crossley was taken into custody without incident Monday afternoon at a relative’s home in Lombard, the Chicago FBI office said. He was subsequently charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Tuesday with one count of bank robbery, a felony, in connection with the robbery Nov. 30 of First Merit Bank, 678 Lee St., Des Plaines.
According to the complaint, Crossley entered the First Merit Bank and waited in line as a teller assisted another customer with a number of transactions. The complaint states the teller interrupted those transactions to assist Crossley, who then stepped away and removed a plastic liner from a trash can in the bank’s lobby. Crossley then allegedly returned to the teller window, placed the trash can liner on the counter and presented a demand note to the teller.
According to the complaint, the teller placed cash in the trash can liner and then placed additional cash in the liner when Crossley made a verbal demand for more money. The complaint further states that as Crossley left the bank, he was confronted by the same bank customer whose transactions were interrupted so the teller could address Crossley, and although the two got into a physical altercation, Crossley was able to flee.
The complaint also alleges Crossley robbed a PNC Bank office at 1177 Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove, on Nov. 19, and a Fifth Third Bank office at 1603 W. 16th St., Oak Brook, on Nov. 29. He had not been charged with those bank robberies as of Wednesday morning.
Crossley was formally charged at a court appearance on Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole. He was ordered held pending his next court appearance, which will be at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
If convicted of the bank robbery charge, Crossley faces up to 20 years in prison.