Cal City man charged in Chicago bank robbery

2012-12-07T17:45:00Z 2012-12-07T23:24:58Z Cal City man charged in Chicago bank robberyJeanette Lach (219) 933-3267 jeanette.lach@nwi.com nwitimes.com
December 07, 2012 5:45 pm  • 

A 29-year-old Calumet City man is in the Metropolitan Correction Center charged with robbing a Fifth Third bank at 3957 W. 26th St. in Chicago, according to the FBI.

According to a criminal complaint, Jody Cloak, of the 1600 block of Downs Drive, entered the bank at 9:40 a.m. Thursday and showed a teller a note stating he had a gun and wanted all the money put into a bag. He was wearing a black winter knit hat, black-framed sunglasses, blue jeans and a black peacoat jacket.

The teller, who did not see a gun, put $735 into a cream colored grocery bag along with a GPS tracking device. Cloak then grabbed the bag and fled, leaving the demand note behind, the complaint states.

Minutes later, the Chicago police began tracking the signal from the GPS device and made a traffic stop in the area of 31st Street and Kedzie Avenue of a driver matching the description of the bank robber. Officers ordered Cloak out of the vehicle and a pat down search revealed a loaded .380 handgun. Cloak was wearing clothing similar to the description of the bank robber and a white Aldi bag on the floor of the vehicle with money inside it was found.

The complaint states the teller made a positive ID of Cloak, and he admitted to FBI agents he robbed the Fifth Third bank. A search of his vehicle revealed a cream-colored grocery bay with $735 and a GPS tracking device as well as a pair of black sunglasses and a black knit hat.

Cloak has a detention hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago to determine if he should remain in prison or be released on bond.

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