Evanston man caught after stealing thousands from Skokie bank

Marissa Page, Managing Editor

An Evanston man was charged Wednesday with bank robbery after making off with nearly $10,000 from a Skokie bank, police said.

Skokie police responded to an armed robbery on Tuesday just before 6 p.m. at First Bank and Trust, 8047 Skokie Blvd., according to a news release from Skokie Police Department. A bank teller reported to the FBI that the suspect, Evanston resident Gary Gaines, approached the teller window with a silver handgun and said, “Don’t look” and “Give me everything,” according to an affidavit filed by FBI special agent Herbert Hogberg along with the charges.

By the time officers arrived, Gaines, 36, had already fled eastbound on foot, according to Skokie police. The teller had slipped a GPS tracker in with the stolen bills, which officers used to quickly locate Gaines’ whereabouts, according to the affidavit.

After chasing him on foot, officers eventually arrested Gaines, according to the release. The affidavit said that following his apprehension, Gaines asked Skokie officers, “How did you find me so fast?”

Gaines was charged Wednesday at the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois and remains in custody. No further court date has been announced.

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