Second alleged ‘nun-on-the-run’ robber nabbed
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter October 11, 2012 9:46AM
Surveillance video shows a robber at a TCF bank in Palos Heights.
Updated: November 12, 2012 12:08PM
A young black man who allegedly posed as an old white nun when he robbed a south suburban bank last summer has been arrested.
Lyndon Germel Wesley, 28, is the second of two so-called “nuns-on-the-run” robbers to be caught, federal authorities say.
His alleged accomplice and girlfriend, Navahcia Edwards, was arrested a month after the May 2011 heist of a TCF Bank branch in Palos Heights. The pair are accused of donning nuns’ habits and wearing old-lady masks while stealing $120,000 in cash at gunpoint.
Edwards had previously worked as a teller at the bank, while Wesley opened a safety deposit box at the branch as part of his preparation for the heist, according to a federal criminal complaint.
He allegedly cased the bank earlier on the day of the robbery, and is seen on surveillance video raising his leg to the height of the counter, apparently in an attempt to see if he could later jump over it. He also asked tellers questions like, “just the two of you working today,” according to the complaint.
The stickup was captured on video, and evidence shows Edwards bought the nun costumes and zip ties used in the robbery with her credit cards, authorities said. Her decision to rob three vaults but leave a fourth containing only coins untouched tipped investigators off that it was an inside job, court papers say.
Wesley, of Markham, was arrested early Wednesday and was later ordered held in custody until at least Friday by Magistrate Judge Michael Mason.
Edwards, who last month pleaded guilty to embezzling $23,000 from a Chase Bank branch that she previously worked at in Country Club Hills, also remains in custody.
with shooting at off-duty officer
A South Side man was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail Wednesday for allegedly opening fire on an off-duty police officer who was chasing suspects who shot a girl and a woman.
The uniformed off-duty officer on Sunday saw a group shoot a 13-year-old girl and 44-year-old woman sitting in a car at a gas station near West 99th Street and South Vincennes Avenue, authorities said.
The officer followed the shooters to the 9800 block of South Throop, where he tried taking three males into custody, police said. Markiese McKinney — who was not part of the group of shooters — then allegedly opened fire on the officer, who returned fire. No one was injured.
McKinney, 20, of the 7600 block of South Eggleston Avenue, has been charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder.
The suspects who shot the girl and woman at the gas station fled and are not in custody, police said.
After the shooting, the car with the victims took off in hopes of reaching a hospital but crashed near West 103rd and Halsted, police said.
The girl and woman were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where they were initially listed in critical condition.
Police seek vehicle in fatal hit-and-run
Police are searching for a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident early Wednesday morning in north suburban Zion.
Police found a dead man lying in the road minutes after the 5:15 a.m. crash, near the intersection of 33rd Street and North Geneva Lane, police said.
According to police, the injuries and physical evidence appeared to be consistent with a hit-and-run vehicle/pedestrian accident.
Police on Wednesday night continued searching for the vehicle.