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Illinois man in custody for Sunday bank robberies

Man accused of robbing grocery store branches in Kenosha, Racine


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BY DENEEN SMITH
dsmith@kenoshanews.com


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An Illinois man was charged with robbery of a financial institution Monday after allegedly robbing two banks inside grocery stores Sunday afternoon, including the bank in the Uptown Brass Pick n’ Save.

Jason A. Crawford, 34, of Gurnee, Ill., was charged Monday in Racine County.

According to Kenosha Police, a man walked into the Pick ‘n Save grocery, 1901 63rd St., at about 1:40 p.m. and walked up to the teller at the Guaranty Bank inside the store. The grocery-based bank is open on Sundays until 2 p.m.

Sgt. James Beller of the Kenosha Police said the man gave the teller two notes, stating it was a robbery and demanding money.

“He indicated he had a weapon, but none was seen. He was given money and then left the store,” Beller said.

At 3:45 p.m. in Racine, “There was a very similar type robbery with a suspect with a similar description,” Beller said, and that person was arrested shortly there after.

In Racine, a man robbed the Tri City National Bank inside a Piggly Wiggly grocery, 3900 Erie St. According to the criminal complaint from Racine County, a man later identified as Crawford handed a teller a note stating that he was armed and demanding money in the cash drawer. He took the money and fled.

A short time later, a gray Volkswagen Jetta driven by Crawford was stopped by Racine Police in the 4000 block of North Main Street.

According to the complaint, police searched a dumpster near where the traffic stop occurred and found a small plastic bag containing money that was colored with red dye of the type used to mark money stolen from banks, along with discarded clothing.

In the Jetta, police found a brown paper bag containing money, a 9 mm handgun with multiple magazines and drug paraphernalia used to take heroin.


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