Off-duty Chicago officer foils bank robbery



CHICAGO — An off-duty Chicago police officer working as a security guard foiled a robbery at a North Side bank Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The attempted heist occurred about 1:20 p.m. at the Albany Bank branch at 4400 N. Western Ave. in the Ravenswood neighborhood, Chicago Police Officer Tom Polick said.

The Belmont District officer was working security at the bank when a man walked in, approached a teller and demanded cash, Polick said. The man did not display a weapon but indicated he was armed.

Polick said the security guard announced he was a police officer and arrested the would-be robber before the teller handed over any money. The suspect was turned over to the FBI for questioning.

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