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Cops: Teen robs Cass Street bank in Joliet

Arus Woods
Arus Woods

A local teen robbed the Merchants and Manufacturers Bank in Joliet, but was then tracked by a police dog and arrested, police said.

About 11 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to an alarm at Merchants and Manufactures Bank at 601 E. Cass St., according to a news release from the Joliet police.

While officers were on their way to the bank, they learned it had been robbed and a man ran west on Cass Street, according to the release.

The officers determined the man entered the bank and demanded money, according to the release.

“The suspect appeared to have a handgun wrapped in a shopping bag and pointed the handgun at the employee,” according to the release.

The employees gave the man money from the bank’s registers before he fled from the building, according to the release.

No one was injured in the incident.

Officers used a dog to track the man from where he was last seen running, according to the release. The dog tracked him to the back door of a residence in the 500 block of Cass, according to the release.

The officers established a perimeter around the house and officers determined Arus Woods, 18, was the man involved in the bank robbery, according to the release.

The officers were given consent to enter the residence, and Woods was taken into custody without incident, according to the release.

Proceeds from the robbery were allegedly found hidden inside a wall at the residence, along with other items that apparently linked Woods to the crime, according to the release.

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