RACINE — A robbery was reported Monday afternoon at Chase bank, 5815 21st St.
The call came across police radio shortly before 3 p.m.
The suspect is described as a black male approximately 5 feet 6 inches, 150 pounds, who showed a gun, according to Sgt. Jessie Metoyer of the Racine Police Department. He was reportedly wearing dark clothing.
The man fled the scene and police are investigating, she said.
A sign on the bank door at 3:10 p.m. read: “Due to an emergency this branch is temporarily closed.”
A witness who was doing landscaping work nearby said he told police he saw a man acting suspicious shortly before the robbery.
The man glanced at the witness before heading into the bank and allegedly headed east on foot, away from the bank.
The Racine area has had a rash of robberies recently. Last Monday Police also responded to the Wells Fargo Bank at 1700 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive for a report of a robbery, the second robbery there in three days.
Police are asking people to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious they see and any tips they can provide.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area of Chase bank can call the police non-emergency number at 262-886-2300.
Crime Stoppers can be also be contacted anonymously at 262-636-9330, by sending an email through www.racine.crimestoppersweb.com or by texting a message to CRIMES (274637) and typing TIP417 in the message. Anyone with tips on the recent robberies is eligible for up to $7,000 in reward money.
There was also a bank robbery in Kenosha Monday morning, according a Kenosha Police Department post on Facebook. The post says police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at 9:39 a.m. at Truestone Bank, 6218 26th Ave. The suspect in that robbery was a black male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches and wearing a “distinct-looking ball cap,” according to the Facebook post.
Metoyer said Racine investigators are looking into whether today’s Racine and Kenosha robberies were related.