2 men charged after NW Side bank robbery

Law enforcement officers are seen with one of the SUVs linked to a robbery at PNC Bank, 3940 North Harlem, on June 18, 2024. (Kyle Mazza)

CHICAGO — Two men face federal charges after one of them allegedly robbed a Northwest Side bank and then stashed the money and a firearm in the accomplice’s SUV on Tuesday morning.

Kenny Roundtree Wilson walked into PNC Bank, 3940 North Harlem, around 9:47 a.m., holding a blue towel to his face and claiming to have breathing problems, an FBI agent said in a federal complaint.

A bank employee invited Wilson to have a seat and stepped away to grab him a drink of water. When the employee returned, Wilson was at the counter, pointing a gun at one of the tellers, the agent explained.

“Give me the money, or I’ll shoot you,” the teller recalled Wilson saying as he slid a plastic bag toward her.

The bank robber displays a gun during the holdup. (U.S. District Court records)

She stuffed the bag with $2,488, some additional “bait money,” and a GPS tracker. Bait money is currency with pre-recorded serial numbers that tellers keep in their drawers in case of robbery.

Wilson walked outside and put the money, some of his clothing, and other items into a white SUV driven by a man named Allen Dean, the FBI agent wrote.

Within minutes, the GPS tracker’s location was being radioed to Chicago police officers in the area. A sergeant spotted two white SUVs traveling closely to each other and following the route of the tracker, according to the agent.

Chicago police officers pulled the SUVs over in the 7000 and 7100 blocks of West Belmont.

Inside the SUV driven by Dean, police found the bank robber’s shirt, a bag containing $2,488 cash and the bank’s bait money, and a firearm, officials said. In the other SUV, police found a shirtless Wilson behind the wheel with an empty gun holster on his waist, the complaint said.

Wilson is charged with bank robbery and using a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Dean is charged with firearm possession by a felon, but he is not charged with the robbery.

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