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Police: Rock Falls bank robbed

One suspect sought in afternoon robbery of First Federal Savings Bank

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 3:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 2:59 p.m. CDT
This photo taken from a surveillance camera shows the man Rock Falls Police believe robbed First Federal Savings Bank this afternoon.
(Angel Sierra/asierra@saukvalley.com)
First Federal Savings Bank in Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS – Police are looking for a man who robbed First Federal Savings Bank, 701 First Ave., shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

According to a news release from police, a weapon was "implied, but not displayed."

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, in his 30s or 40s, with a mustache. He was wearing a denim baseball cap, a gray Chicago Bears sweatshirt, and blue jeans.

Shelby Meyer, 44, of Sterling, was at the bank just before 1:30 when he pulled into the drive-thru to deposit some checks.

"I could see that there were several people inside, but I don't know; I assumed they were customers," Meyer said. "And then a woman held up a sign that said they were closed due to emergency."

Rock Falls Police Commander Tammy Nelson said it was likely the bank would be closed for the rest of the day.

FBI agents were investigating the robbery late Wednesday afternoon, said Dena Slechta, the bank's senior vice president.

"Everything is fine, and we'll be open for business regular hours [Thursday]," she said.

She declined to make further comment, saying she didn't want to interfere with the investigation.

Anyone who has information about the crime is asked to call the Rock Falls Police Department, 815-622-1140, or Crime Stoppers, 877-625-7867.

Wednesday's robbery was the second of a bank in Rock Falls in the past 2 years. Community State Bank, 1801 First Ave., was robbed Aug. 29, 2011. Todd G. Jensen, a former Erie resident, was sentenced to 2 years and 3 months in federal prison, and ordered to pay $3,500.

Jensen, who was sentenced April 3, 2012, robbed Community State Bank by handing a teller a note that said he had a gun. He fled with $3,500, and was arrested 4 days later in Cicero with $1,400 in cash on him.

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