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Crystal Lake man could face federal charges in connection with string of local bank robberies

A Crystal Lake man being held in the McHenry County Jail in connection with a foiled bank robbery soon could be facing federal charges in a string of area bank robberies.

A suspect wanted for robberies in Cary, Huntley, Algonquin, Arlington Heights and Streamwood is in custody, and police anticipate federal charges will be filed, an FBI agent said in a statement Wednesday.

FBI Special Agent Garrett H. Croon declined to give the suspect’s name because federal charges have not been filed, but he said the person is in state custody. Federal charges likely will be announced soon, Croon said.

Daniel Plushkis, 26, of the 900 block of Golf Course Road, Crystal Lake, was charged Saturday with financial institution robbery and burglary in connection with a robbery of the TCF Bank inside Jewel-Osco, 103 S. Randall Road, Algonquin.

Plushkis’ wife, 28-year-old Jessica Plushkis, also is charged in the Algonquin robbery. The couple appeared separately in McHenry County court Wednesday morning alongside Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, who was not available for comment.

The FBI posted security photos of the suspect Wednesday in the Huntley, Cary, Arlington Heights and Streamwood robberies, noting that the man should be considered armed and dangerous and likely is tied to the Algonquin incident.

The suspect – a bearded, wigged man – robbed a Chase Bank on
Dec. 1 at 300 Route 14 in Cary. The suspect implied that 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.

Neither Daniel nor Jessica Plushkis has been charged in connection with the four other robberies. They both remained in the McHenry County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.

Both are due in McHenry County court Jan. 26.

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