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Bank robber arrested at Joliet Walmart: records

Officer arrested man on probable cause of retail theft, resisting an officer

Thomas Tynan
Thomas Tynan

A convicted bank robber was arrested once again on probable cause of retail theft and resisting a police officer at Walmart in Joliet, police records show.

At 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Thomas Tynan, 60, of the 2600 block of Par Four Lane, Joliet, was taken into custody at 2424 W. Jefferson St. Walmart, according to the Joliet police arrest log.

Tynan was arrested on probable cause of retail theft and resisting a police officer but no formal charges appeared to have been filed against him in court. He was released on his own recognizance and he’s scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 17, according to the arrest log.

On June 23, Tynan pleaded guilty to robbing First Midwest Bank at 1415 W. Jefferson St. Tynan stole $938 in cash from the bank during the robbery on Sept. 19, court records show.

Tynan was scheduled to play with his band at the Grundy County Corn Festival in Morris the following weekend.

Tynan’s plea agreement said he was convicted of battery, assault and criminal damage to property in Cook County, as well as receiving stolen treasury checks, passing counterfeit cash and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. in California.

In February 2003, Tynan and his then-wife, Sabrina Tynan, hatched a plot to spring Thomas' cellmate – "an alleged member of a Russian kidnapping ring" – from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, according to an Associated Press story.

Sabrina and Thomas Tynan each pleaded guilty to conspiring to help an inmate escape, according to an AP story. He was sentenced to three years and five months in prison and released in May 2006. She was sentenced to two years and four months and released in May 2005.

Tynan’s stepmother petitioned for a protective order against him, claiming he took her to the bank to withdraw funds. The protective order claimed Tynan wanted to withdraw funds to pay $130,000 for an agent to book gigs for his band, $10,000 for an attorney, and to make payments for his RV, utilities and his son’s surgery.

Tynan’s stepmother’s petition claimed he financially exploited her.

A judge granted the order and then extended it through June 23, 2022, after the stepmother filed a motion on June 23 for its extension, court records show.

Tynan’s stepmother’s motion said she’s diagnosed with dementia and she is “unable to make decisions related to her healthcare and finances," court records show.

She claimed Guardian Angel Community Services "substantiated a case" against Tynan "for misappropriation of significant funds" from her, court records show.

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