Complaint: Man robbed Albany Park bank to avoid homelessness - New York News

Complaint: Man robbed Albany Park bank to avoid homelessness

Posted: Updated:
A surveillance photo of Robert Alan Bennett / Photo from Bandit Tracker A surveillance photo of Robert Alan Bennett / Photo from Bandit Tracker
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A man who allegedly robbed a Northwest Side bank told authorities he did it to avoid becoming homeless.

The Fifth Third Bank that Robert Alan Bennett robbed on May 9 in Albany Park -- located at 4017 W. Lawrence Ave. -- was one he frequented, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court Monday.

Bennett walked in to the bank about 6:35 p.m. and told a teller to be quiet and read the note he was about to slide over, which said to give Bennett $20,000, the criminal complaint said.

The teller refused at first and backed away with their hands up, but Bennett replied, “Open the drawer and give me what you have. Don’t cause me any trouble. I don’t want to hurt you. Today is not my day.”

When the teller started counting the money to give Bennett, he said there wasn’t time for that and eventually took a wad of cash, the complaint said. He allegedly walked out with $3,233.

The next day, the bank used records to identify Bennett after employees reported recognizing him from his previous visits to the branch.

Bennett was arrested on May 10 as he was leaving his girlfriend’s apartment, also in Albany Park, after the FBI conducted an investigation and observed surveillance footage of him from the robbery, the complaint said.

He later told FBI agents that after the robbery, he was headed to a relative’s home to turn himself in, the complaint said.

He said that he robbed the bank because he “didn’t want to be homeless,” and that he chose to rob a bank where people recognized him because if he got caught, “at least I would have a place to sleep.”

Charges have not yet been filed.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Manhattan fire hydrant earns more money than average American

    Manhattan fire hydrant earns more money than average American

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:18:03 GMT
    One Manhattan fire hydrant has turned into a cash cow for the city.It's become a celebrity in revenue generator and it does not ask for sick days, gets no health benefits, and no 401(k). Yet it brings in tens of thousands of dollars for the city each year.The old hydrant is so notorious, it's got a personalized sign.. It sits across from 152 Forsyth St. and is a local legend.In just an eight month period the hydrant has caused drivers to get hundreds of tickets.The issue that catches drivers ...
    One Manhattan fire hydrant has turned into a cash cow for the city.It's become a celebrity in revenue generator and it does not ask for sick days, gets no health benefits, and no 401(k). Yet it brings in tens of thousands of dollars for the city each year.The old hydrant is so notorious, it's got a personalized sign.. It sits across from 152 Forsyth St. and is a local legend.In just an eight month period the hydrant has caused drivers to get hundreds of tickets.The issue that catches drivers ...
  • Man sucker punched in knockout attack

    Man sucker punched in knockout attack

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:00:46 GMT
    The so-called 'knockout game' where a person punches another unsuspecting person has made its way to Hackensack, N.J. Police say an assailant attacked three people on the same day. Surveillance video shows the athletically built suspect punch a man in the face and stroll away. The man fell to the ground. Two other assaults took place within less than 15 minutes.
    The so-called 'knockout game' where a person punches another unsuspecting person has made its way to Hackensack, N.J. Police say an assailant attacked three people on the same day. Surveillance video shows the athletically built suspect punch a man in the face and stroll away. The man fell to the ground. Two other assaults took place within less than 15 minutes.
  • NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

    NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:09:22 GMT
    Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys.
    Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices