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Convicted robber busted after bank heist — with demand note: FBI

Fred Telford

Fred Telford

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Updated: September 29, 2013 6:23AM

A 45-year-old man on parole for a string of south suburban holdups has been charged with a recent Northwest Side bank heist after police found a note on him demanding $100 bills, according to the FBI.

Fred Telford is charged with robbing the Plaza Bank branch, in the 5600 block of West Belmont, of $2,690 on Aug. 19. After the holdup, the bank distributed surveillance images of the robber to other branches.

On Aug. 22, a man matching the description of the robber entered the Plaza Bank branch in the 6500 block of West Irving Park and left without incident.

The bank alerted Chicago Police officers, who stopped a car the man was driving. He identified himself as Fred Telford and the officers found a demand note on him saying: “Give me 5 stacks of hundred [SIC] right now and nobody will get hurt,” according to the FBI. It was similar to a demand note used in the earlier heist, the FBI said in a criminal complaint filed in federal court Friday.

Witnesses identified Telford as the robber in photo lineups, the FBI said in the complaint.

Telford allegedly told authorities he robbed the bank to pay bills for rent, insurance and to fix his car.

In 2008, Telford was sentenced to 11 years in state prison for aggravated robbery. Telford, who targeted more than a dozen businesses in the south suburbs, told police he went on that five-week spree because he and his family had “fallen on hard times.”

Telford was released on parole in January. He was set to complete his parole in 2015.


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