Palatine Police Searching for Chase Bank Robbers

Police launched an extensive search for two men who robbed the Chase bank on Euclid Avenue in Palatine Monday afternoon, but the offenders were not located.

Police launched a manhunt in Palatine Monday afternoon for two bank robbery suspects, who remain at-large. Photo Credit: Brian Slupski
Police launched a manhunt in Palatine Monday afternoon for two bank robbery suspects, who remain at-large. Photo Credit: Brian Slupski
Two men who robbed the Chase Bank at 825 W. Euclid Ave., near the Dominick's grocery store at about 3:10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, have eluded capture, according to a Palatine Police Department press release.

A witness flagged down an Inverness police officer advising him the bank was being robbed. As the officer approached the bank, he observed a subject fleeing southwest from the bank into an adjacent residential neighborhood. 

Responding Palatine units, and units from neighboring jurisdictions established a perimeter and the area was searched with the help of K9 and a helicopter from the Cook County Sheriffs Police. The search was met with negative results.

Fremd High School was also placed on a soft lockdown at about 3:30 p.m., but returned to normal operation at about 5:30 p.m.

Palatine detectives interviewed several witnesses who related that two male subjects entered the bank, both wearing black sweatshirts with the hoods up and black ski masks.

The first offender climbed over the teller counter and accessed cash drawers. The second offender stood in the lobby area with his hand in his pocket in such a manner as to imply having a weapon. Both subjects fled the bank together, according to the press release.

Palatine Detectives along with special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate the matter. Anyone having additional information is asked to contact the Palatine Police Department at (847) 359-9000.

Updated 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2
Fremd High School has returned to normal operating procedures as of 5:30 p.m. after a soft lockdown at 3:30 p.m.

Updated 5:35 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2
Posted on Fremd High School's website:
Following a threatening incident at a local business in the vicinity of Fremd High School that required the involvement of the Palatine Police Department, the school went into a soft-lockdown. At this time, students are not permitted to walk home and will be released only to a parent or on a school bus. School officials have remained in close contact with the Palatine Police Department throughout the incident. Further updates will be provided as facts are confirmed.

Updated 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2
ABC 7 Chicago is reporting the Chase bank at 825 W. Euclid Ave., near the Dominick's grocery store, was robbed. The FBI is also said to be investigating.

Original posting
There is a reported search in progress in the area of Quentin Road and Euclid Avenue in Palatine for a possible bank robbery suspect, according to a dispatch alert emailed to Patch at about 4:41 p.m. Monday, Dec 2.

Palatine Police confirmed the alert and are searching nearby neighborhoods. A police press release in expected to be sent out this evening. Patch will update this story once that information becomes available.


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