Suspect in Illinois bank robbery ran Crown Point used car lot
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org October 9, 2012 8:24PM
Updated: October 9, 2012 11:38PM
LOCKPORT, ILL. — Police believe a 72-year-old Schererville man arrested Saturday for another robbery is the man who held up a bank here last week.
Curtis Burrow, of Schererville, was taken into custody after reportedly robbing a Bank of America Branch in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court with one count of bank robbery.
Lockport Lt. Dave Draksler said it was 9:38 a.m. Oct. 2, when Burrow was the “first customer of the day” to walk into Standard Bank, 16545 159th St., and approach the counter.
Wearing a fedora, silver-rimmed sunglasses and a black suit and tie, Burrow allegedly showed the teller he was carrying a small black handgun, handed her a note and told her to put the money in a black bag he was carrying.
No one was injured as the FBI took over the search for “The Well-Dressed Robber.”
Burrow reportedly held on to his hat and sunglasses, but had switched to blue jeans around 10:30 a.m. Saturday when he waited in line at Bank of America, 600 Roosevelt Road, in Glen Ellyn.
According to the FBI, Burrow showed the teller a note that read “Four of us ... No dye packs, bands or trackers. Empty all registers. We see any cops we shoot ...We have police radios — No games.”
Burrow then took out a black handgun he held “sideways close to his body,” the FBI said.
After allegedly taking $3,692 Burrow left and was spotted about 12 minutes later driving a black Honda Accord in nearby Lombard.
When police followed the vehicle to a convenience store parking lot, Burrow reportedly got out and said, ‘The gun is in the car. (The passenger) was not involved and there were no others.”
During questioning, Burrow said he owned a used car business and started robbing banks to pay his bills, the FBI reported. Burrow is registered as the owner of Auto Maxx, LLC, in Crown Point, and said he went to Glen Ellyn to look at used cars.
The Indiana Secretary of State’s office reports Auto Maxx was out of business last month when customer complaints about missing titles and temporary tags with altered expiration dates led to a planned audit.
A notice revoking Auto Maxx’s auto dealer license was issued Oct. 2, the day of the Lockport robbery, which Burrow also reportedly admitted to during questioning.