Suspect waits in nearby business then robs Peoria bank

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PEORIA - The following is a press release from the Peoria Police Department:

On Tuesday March 24 at 7:40 am the suspect forced entry into the christian bookstore located one suite north of the Chase Bank at 8978 W. Union Hills and waited for bank employees to arrive. Upon arrival of the bank employees the suspect entered the bank through a pre-cut hole in the common wall between the bank and bookstore, confronted the employees at gunpoint and forced them to open the safe. The suspect took money from the cash vault and then handcuffed the bank employees leaving them in the vault room. The suspect exited the bank through the hole and then exited the rear of the bookstore.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or White male, 20-30 years0old, 5'8'' to 5'10'' tall. He was wearing blue jeans, gray long sleeve shirt, ski mask, black baseball type hat with unknown logo on front, white tennis shoes and gray gloves. He was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.

There are no suspects or leads at this time and this robbery is being jointly investigated by the Peoria Police Violent Crimes Unit and the FBI.

If anyone has information regarding this robbery they are asked to call the Peoria Police Tip Line at 623-773-7045 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.