EAST CHICAGO | A bicycle-riding robber made off with $30,000 in cash snatched from a customer in the parking lot of an Indiana Harbor bank on Thursday, police said.
An executive with a Gary scrap yard told police he had just withdrawn the money from a business account at BMO Harris Bank in the 2400 block of East 141st Place and was walking to his car at 9:37 a.m. when he noticed a man peddling toward him.
The adult male was wobbling nearby on a child-sized bike, the victim told police, when he ditched the bicycle, grabbed the bank bag the victim was carrying and took off on foot.
A witness told police he saw the alleged robber jump into the passenger side of a baby-blue Chrysler minivan parked along Butternut Street and followed the vehicle to Cline Avenue and then on the Indiana Toll Road, where he lost sight of the minivan around Kennedy Avenue.
The suspect was described as a black male wearing a black hoodie. The bicycle he left behind was a gold-colored MGX Lift, police said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the East Chicago Police Detective Bureau at (219) 391-8318.