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West Chicago Man Charged with Robbery of Bolingbrook Bank Branch

FBI Chicago December 14, 2009
  • Special Agent Garrett Croon (312) 829-1199

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was joined today by Kevin McCarthy, Chief of the Bolingbrook, Illinois Police Department (BPD) and Fred W. Hayes, Chief of the Joliet, Illinois Police Department (JPD) in announcing the arrest of WILLIAM BAASKE for the December 3, 2009 robbery of the West Suburban Bank branch, located at 672 East Boughton Road in Bolingbrook.

BAASKE, age 44, of West Chicago, Illinois, was taken into custody without incident in Manhattan, Illinois, on December 13, 2009, by Special Agents of the FBI and members of the Joliet Police Department. BAASKE was charged in a criminal complaint filed on Sunday in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Bank Robbery, which is a felony offense.

According to the complaint, BAASKE entered the Bolingbrook bank at approximately 10:40 a.m. BAASKE approached a teller working behind the counter and showed her a handwritten note that contained words to the effect of “hold up” and “I have a gun.” BAASKE took the demand note and the brown plastic bag containing an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency and fled the bank on foot. 

In announcing the arrest, Mr. Grant recognized the Joliet and Bolingbrook Police Departments for their valuable assistance in the solution of this case.

BAASKE appeared on Sunday, December 13, 2009 before Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez in Chicago, at which time he was formally charged. BAASKE was released on bond pending his next scheduled court appearance. If convicted of the charges filed against him, BAASKE faces a possible sentence of up to twenty (20) years' incarceration.

The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Copies of the criminal complaint filed in this case are available from the Chicago FBI’s press office at (312) 829-1199.