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Robbers make off with more than $8,000 from Edwardsville bank

June 11. 2014 11:45PM

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EDWARDSVILLE — Two robbers made off with more than $8,000 when they held up Community Bank at the West Side Mall on Wednesday afternoon.

Edwardsville police officer Mike Lehman said a man and a woman walked into the bank just before 3 p.m., and the woman handed a teller a note that requested all of the money in her cash drawer.

“It also stated if (the teller) didn’t comply, if she hit any panic buttons or alarms, (the robber) had a gun in her purse and wouldn’t hesitate to use it,” Lehman said.

The teller emptied the cash drawer and the suspects fled with the money on foot, south, towards MedExpress Urgent Care Center at the mall.

They then ran into the wooded area behind Lowe’s, Lehman said.

Lehman said the robbery suspects made off with $8,109.

Several police cars converged around the dike behind Lowe’s and Price Chopper. Officers from Edwardsville and surrounding communities searched for the suspects but were unable to locate them, Lehman said.

The female suspect is described as white, 5 feet, 6 inches tall to 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with brown hair in a ponytail, wearing a blue shirt and dark pants and carrying a tan purse.

The male is described as white, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with short brown hair and wearing a white t-shirt and blue shorts.

Anyone with information should contact Edwardsville police at 570-288-8463 or via 911 or call the FBI at 570-344-2404.

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