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Elgin Bank Robbery Arrest

FBI Chicago December 28, 2011
  • Special Agent Joan Hyde (312) 829-1199

A 22-year-old Glen Ellyn man has been charged with the December 20 robbery of the Elgin State Bank, located at 1001 South Randall Road.

DANE R. PHENEGHAR was charged in a criminal complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of bank robbery, which is a felony offense. The complaint alleges that PHENEGAR made off with over $4,000 after he handed a teller a note, announcing a robbery and demanding cash from her drawer. The note claimed that he was armed with a handgun but no weapon was displayed and no injuries were reported.

Subsequent investigation by the FBI and Elgin Police Department identified PHENEGAR as the robber. He was arrested by St. Charles Police, without incident, on unrelated charges on December 22. Although he is only charged with the Elgin robbery, PHENEGAR is also a suspect in the December 5 robberies at the Fifth Third Bank branch in Wheaton and First State Bank branch in Geneva and the December 9 robbery of the TCF Bank branch in Glendale Heights.

PHENEGAR appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier in Chicago on December 22, a which time he was formally charged. PHENEGAR was ordered held without bond, pending his next scheduled court appearance.

A copy of the criminal complaint filed against PHENEGAR is available from the Chicago FBI’s press office. Downloadable photos and details on the other bank robberies is available online at Bandit Tracker Chicago website, www.bandittrackerchicago.com.