ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – In a sudden surge of bank holdups, metro St. Louis has seen six banks robbed in just two days. The robberies include a pair in southern Illinois, Thursday that targeted U.S. Bank branches in Schnucks grocery stores.
The first of the two Illinois robberies took place in Edwardsville around 1:30pm. It apparently went well, because the suspect proceeded down Route 159 and hit another Schnucks U.S. Bank location just 45 minutes later.
“We are very confident it’s the same person involved in this, in both of these,” Major Tom Coppotelli of the Collinsville Police said.
Coppotelli says the Collinsville robbery was “low key,” drawing little attention until it was all over.
“He walked into the store, walked up to the counter. Said something about cashing a check, some type of bank business, then handed them a note inferring he had a weapon.”
Police are currently searching through security video from adjacent parking lots, looking for a getaway car or other clues.
The two robberies in Illinois are just part of the two days surge. A suspect hit the Lindell Bank in O’Fallon, Missouri around 1pm.
And there were three other robberies in the area Wednesday, with thieves striking in Fenton, St. Peters, and Okawville, Il.
Anyone with any information on the cases is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).