A set of traceable $50 bills led police to the 39-year-old man they said robbed a Carpentersville bank last week.
Eric M. Dill of Barrington faces a federal bank robbery charge in connection with the theft of $3,774 from BMO Harris Bank, 94 N. John F. Kennedy Drive.
Dill entered the business about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and handed a teller a note demanding money, according to a federal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
The note, which read, “This is a robbery. You have ten seconds,” ordered the teller not to include dye bags or bait bills, the complaint stated.
Bait bills refer to cash that has a serial number police can use to track a suspect.
The teller handed Dill the money, but included $500 in bait bills, according to the complaint.
The bank’s deposits were insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at the time of the robbery.
Later that day, Dill entered a Bank and Trust at 201 S. Hough St., Barrington, and asked to make a wire transfer of $4,000, according to the complaint. Included in his deposit, were the teller’s 10 traced bills, the complaint stated.
A Wintrust bank employee recognized Dill as an account holder and regular customer, and a BMO teller successfully identified him in a photo lineup, police said in the complaint.
Dill additionally admitted to police that he was the suspect captured on the bank’s surveillance footage, the complaint stated.
Further evidence was revealed when Dill granted police permission to search his home, garage and vehicle.
There, officials found a Chicago Bears hat, a gray zip-up sweatshirt and tan cross-body bag all worn by the suspect at the time of the robbery.
A federal judge on Friday ordered Dill’s detainment, according to an email from FBI Chicago Media Coordinator Special Agent Janine L. Wheeler.
Police from Carpentersville, Cary, Hanover Park, South Barrington, Barrington and East Dundee assisted in the investigation.