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Romeoville man charged with TCF Bank robbery

A man faces a federal criminal charge in connection with a robbery at a TCF Bank in Romeoville.

Anthony Ruggiero, was charged with the Oct. 14 robbery at TCF Bank, 20 S. Weber Road, court records show. A criminal complaint submitted by an FBI special agent alleged that Ruggiero admitted he committed the robbery.

“During the interview, Ruggiero admitted to robbing the TCF Bank on Oct. 14, 2020, in Romeoville, Illinois, to obtain cash in order to purchase heroin and to pay for other living expenses. Ruggiero stated that he is a heroin addict,” the complaint said.

When Ruggiero was shown photos of the robbery suspect from the TCF Bank surveillance system, he “admitted he was the individual in the photographs,” the complaint said.

About 9:45 a.m. on Oct. 14, Ruggiero entered the bank, handed a teller a note demanding money and fled the scene in a Ford Explorer after he got the money, the complaint said.

Ruggiero, who was initially named “Individual A” in the complaint, reportedly wore a baseball hat with a white Michael Jordan logo and a black face mask at the time of the robbery, and he handed a note to the teller that said, “Stay quiet, calm. 100s, 50s, 20s. No dye pack.”

The teller "then grabbed whatever money he/she could from the cash drawer and handed it to Individual A through the teller window,” the complaint said.

The FBI worked with Romeoville police to identify the suspect.

Romeoville police officers tracked down the Ford Explorer to a Lake Shore Court address in the village, the complaint said.

On Oct. 15, Romeoville police officers conducted a traffic stop of a Ford Explorer and Ruggiero was taken into custody for traffic offenses after he was identified as the driver of the vehicle, the complaint said.

The FBI obtained a copy of Ruggiero’s driver’s license photo and a photo posted on his Facebook account, the complaint said.

At Wednesday's court hearing, Ruggiero waived his right to a detention hearing without prejudice, court records show. U.S. Judge Sheila Finnegan ordered Ruggiero to be held in custody until further order of the court.

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