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Algonquin police catch man in fake beard, woman during TCF bank robbery

ALGONQUIN – Algonquin police have a man and a woman in custody after a Saturday afternoon bank robbery.

Algonquin Police were dispatched to the TCF Bank inside Jewel-Osco, 103 S. Randall Road, about 3:20 p.m. Saturday for a report of a robbery. During the incident, a man with a fake beard demanded money from a bank teller and fled with the cash, police said.

Members of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Department were collecting Salvation Army donations outside the store as the man fled. A bystander stopped the man and members of the department then assisted in detaining him, police said.

Daniel R. Plushkis, 26, of Crystal Lake and his wife Jessica E. Plushkis, 28, of Crystal Lake, have been charged with financial institution robbery and burglary. Both will appear in court at an undecided date for a bond hearing.

Jessica Plushkis was caught when she tried to flee the scene in a vehicle, police said.

This marks the third local bank robbery this month. A bearded, wigged man robbed a Chase bank in Cary, 300 Route 14, Dec 1. The suspect implied he had a weapon. A similar robbery occurred Dec. 10, when a person in a similar disguise escaped with cash after robbing a TCF bank in Jewel-Osco in Huntley.

The FBI and local police are investigating those crimes and similar robberies that they said could be connected in Streamwood and Arlington Heights.

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