Police identify possible robbery suspects

By Stewart Warren

DeKalb Police said Monday that they have identified possible suspects in connection with the March 4 robbery of the United Federal Bank.

No one was hurt when a heavy-set black man wearing a ski mask and a dark jacket robbed the 305 E. Locust St. bank just after 1 p.m. The man fled the bank on foot, police said.

“We have some leads, but I’m in no position to say the case will be resolved soon,” said DeKalb Police Lt. Dick Moudy.

The Rockford office of the FBI also is involved in the investigation, he said.

DeKalb Police refuse to release the amount of money stolen.

Although the FBI and DeKalb Police have copies of a picture of the man snapped during the robbery by bank surveillance equipment, Moudy refused to release the picture to the Northern Star.

Moudy claimed the picture is nondescript and would show nothing important to the Star’s readers. “It’s just a man with a ski mask in a dark jacket,” Moudy said.

DeKalb Police Chief Don Burke said it was the first robbery that he could remember happening in DeKalb during the past 25 years.

Harold Wilhelm, Rockford FBI senior supervisory resident agent, could not be reached for comment at press time.