WBEZ | bank robbery http://www.wbez.org/tags/bank-robbery Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bank robber indicted in Chicago high-rise escape http://www.wbez.org/news/bank-robber-indicted-chicago-high-rise-escape-105001 <p><p>A bank robber has been indicted on a federal escape charge after he and a cell-mate broke out of a high-rise Chicago lockup.</p><p>The U.S. Attorney&#39;s Office announced Kenneth Conley&#39;s indictment on Thursday. He and Jose Banks scaled down nearly 20 stories using a make-shift rope on Dec. 18.</p><p>Banks was caught two days later. But Conley eluded capture until Jan. 4. Police stopped him outside a suburban apartment complex disguised as an old man, wearing a beret and carrying a cane.</p><p>Before his escape, the 38-year-old former strip club worker already faced a maximum 20-year prison term for his bank robbery conviction. A conviction for escape carries a maximum 5-year sentence.</p><p>Banks already faced up to 80 years for bank robbery and authorities dropped the escape charge.</p></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/bank-robber-indicted-chicago-high-rise-escape-105001 Suspect in several Chicago bank robberies arrested http://www.wbez.org/news/suspect-several-chicago-bank-robberies-arrested-104876 <p><p>A GPS tracking device sandwiched between stolen cash has led to the arrest of a man suspected in several bank robberies in Chicago.</p><p>The Chicago Sun-Times <a href="http://bit.ly/Vv9UZv" target="_blank">reports</a> a federal magistrate on Friday ordered 67-year-old Sharkey Elam held without bond in connection with the robbery of a First American Bank in Chicago&#39;s Loop. Authorities say Elam was arrested a little over two miles from the bank.</p><p>The federal complaint says Elam is suspected of robbing six banks since Dec. 5, and previously targeted the First American Bank on Dec. 26.</p><p>Prosecutors contend Elam returned to the bank Thursday and demanded money from a teller. The teller sandwiched the tracking device between $20 bills.</p><p>Authorities say Elam has served prison sentences for bank robbery convictions in 1989, 1993 and 1997.</p></p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/suspect-several-chicago-bank-robberies-arrested-104876