Bank Robbery

For Release: 
Nov 14, 2002


Bank Robbery


GURNEE, IL - November 14, 2002 - On Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at 4:46 p.m., the Gurnee Police Department responded to a robbery in progress call at the Northside Community Bank, 5103 Washington Street. A male suspect wearing a Halloween type mask and gloves displayed a weapon inside the bank and demanded money. The suspect was described as a male white, 6' 3" to 6' 5", wearing an old green winter jacket. He fled the scene with an undetermined amount of cash prior to the arrival of responding officers. Witnesses stated the offender left on a bicycle, traveling eastbound on Washington Street then southbound down the Des Plaines River Trail.

Officers set up a perimeter and the Gurnee Police K9 unit began a track of the suspect on the bicycle trail. The bicycle and a vehicle parked off the trail were located south of Washington Street. A second K9 from the Bannockburn Police Department was brought in but the track was abandoned after the dogs lost the scent. The bank is federally insured and the FBI was called in to assist in the investigation.

Information obtained from the vehicle located on the bike trail lead investigators to a home in Lake Bluff. A subject matching the description of the robbery suspect was at that location and he was taken into custody without incident at approximately 12:00 a.m. Arrested for bank robbery was Henry C. Renken of Lake Bluff, age 47.

Following the arrest, officers recovered the weapon used in the robbery and a bag containing an undetermined amount of cash. The items were found along the Des Plaines River Trail. The suspect, Renken, is a paid-on-call firefighter for the Lake Bluff Fire Department. He was held overnight at the Gurnee Police Department and turned over to Federal authorities early this morning.

The following agencies assisted the Gurnee Police Department and the FBI in the investigation of the bank robbery: The Bannockburn Police Department, Grayslake Police Department, Illinois State Police, Lake Bluff Police Department, Lake County Forest Preserve Rangers, Lake County Sheriff's Police, Libertyville Police Department, Vernon Hills Police Department and the Waukegan Police Department.

A digital image of the suspect is available upon request.




Contact: Commander Jay Patrick
phone: (847) 244-8645
fax: (847) 244-8678

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