Accused bank thief had just tried to open account in his name, feds say
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter May 23, 2014 2:56PM
William Rozelle is accused of robbing a bank in Waukegan after first trying to open an account and providing this identification.
Updated: June 25, 2014 6:10AM
A hapless low-tech bank robber tried to open an account using his real name then returned minutes later and stuck up the bank at knifepoint, the feds say.
William Rozelle, 30, of North Chicago, even allegedly handed bank tellers his driver’s license before making off with $87,000 in cash from a TCF Bank in Waukegan on Wednesday.
He was nabbed later that night after police found a small amount of marijuana, $15,000 cash and the note used during the robbery in Rozelle’s car during a traffic stop, according to a criminal complaint.
Most of the rest of the loot was later found at Rozelle’s father’s home in North Chicago, and Rozelle gave a full confession, the feds say.
Rozelle was ordered held in custody during a brief appearance in federal court Friday morning.
He allegedly apologized to a teller during the heist, producing an 8-inch blade and telling her, “I’m sorry I have to do this, but this is a robbery.”
The feds say he initially wanted $75,000, but scratched that amount out on his note and changed it to $150,000.