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Accused O'Fallon, Illinois bank robber in police custody

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(KMOV) -- A man accused of robbing a bank in O'Fallon, Illinois has been taken into custody.

The robbery happened around 2:40 p.m. on Monday afternoon at the U.S. Bank in the 400 block of South Lincoln in O'Fallon, Illinois.

O'Fallon police say that as soon as the surveillance photos of the suspect were shown on News 4 at 5:00 p.m., police got a call. One of the suspect's family members turned him in.

Authorities are expected to release the 36-year-old suspect's name after formal charges are filed. Police say while the suspect changed his clothes after the robbery, he is the same man pictured in the bank's surveillance photos.

They also say the man had “evidence” on him, but they would not say what that evidence was. The suspect did have cash on him, but officials say they are not sure if it’s the same money stolen from the bank.

O'Fallon police say the robbery unfolded like this: the man reportedly walked into the bank and inferred in a note he passed to a teller that he had a weapon. The teller handed the money over and the man walked out. 

The search for the robbery suspect caused other institutions in the area to react accordingly. The principal at the St Clare Catholic Grade School says police called the school to ask them to initiate a lock-down, as a precaution. The school was locked down until 3:10 p.m. – 10 minutes after regular dismissal time. The principal said the school had to wait for an all-clear from police. 

O'Fallon Township High School was also placed on lockdown from 2:40 p.m. until 3:20 p.m. School normally dismisses at 2:55 p.m. so students at the high school were also sent home later than usual.

No word yet on how much money the suspect was able to get away with.

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