Area bankers concerned about robbery

By Stewart Warren

Some DeKalb area bankers said they are concerned about Tuesday’s robbery of United Federal Bank, but they were reluctant to discuss the issue in depth.

A masked robber walked into United Federal Bank, 305 E. Locust St., at about 1:03 p.m. Tuesday and demanded money, DeKalb Police said. The robber fled on foot, and DeKalb Police said Wednesday that no one has been charged in the incident.

Dave Wood, executive vice president of the American National Bank in Sycamore, refused to comment on the bank robbery. “That’s why we don’t talk about it. Because it was a bank robbery,” he said.

Two bankers did mention the recent nationwide surge in bank robberies.

“There has been an increase in robberies this year, in the Midwest and across the country. We’ve had robberies as close as Yorkville, about 30 miles away, but this one hits close to home,” said Don Robinson, director of client services at Resource Bank, 2475 Bethany Road.

Lori Porter, marketing officer of First National Bank in DeKalb, 141 W. Lincoln Hwy., agreed with Robinson and said that the “unfortunate incident … drives home the point that though we live in a small town, it can happen to anyone.”

DeKalb Police Lt. Dick Moudy said the amount of money stolen from United Federal will not be revealed.