Updated March 27, 12:50 p.m.
North Riverside police apprehended a 59-year-old Chicago woman suspected of robbing the TCF Bank branch inside Jewel-Osco, 7201 24th St., just minutes after she left the store on March 21.
The following day, the FBI charged Sharletta Shepard with robbing the bank branch of $712, saying she threatened to throw acid at the teller if the teller didn’t hand over cash immediately.
The FBI indicated that Shepard is also a suspect in the robbery of a TCF Bank branch in the 1200 block of South Ashland Avenue in Chicago on March 20, although she wasn’t charged with that robbery last week.
But the agency’s BanditTracker website specifically linked the two robberies and indicated that the Ashland Avenue bank robbery suspect had been captured.
A Chicago phone number listed in Shepard’s name was disconnected.
Shepard posted $4,500 bond is under home confinement with electronic monitoring, according to court records. The judge in the case, Jeffrey Cole, acted to set a lower bond amount “in light of extreme and serious medical conditions from which the defendant presently suffers.”
Police Chief Anthony Garvey said his officers responded to a 911 call from an employee at the bank about 10:30 a.m. According to police, the employee said that another teller had been robbed by a woman wearing large sunglasses, a black wig and ripped jeans.
Shepard reportedly passed the teller a note implying she had a gun and a vial of acid. If the teller didn’t hand over cash, the note allegedly stated, Shepard threatened to throw the acid at the teller.
According to the FBI’s complaint, the note stated in all-capital letters, “I HAVE A GUN AND I WILL USE IT EMPTY UR CASH DRAWER N/2 THIS BAG IF U PUT ANYTHING OTHER THAN MONEY IN THE BAG WILL SPLASH U WITH THIS ACID! I AM DESPERATE SO DON’T TRY ME.”
According to the complaint, the teller handed $712 to Shepard, who left the scene in a small black vehicle with no license plates, which had been parked in the fire lane in front of the store.
A North Riverside police officer reported spotting a vehicle matching that description, driving northbound on Harlem Avenue at 15th Street. The vehicle was curbed several blocks later on Harlem Avenue near Harvard Street, and the driver, later identified as Shepard, was taken into custody without incident.
She was reportedly still wearing the wig, sunglasses and jeans. As she exited the car, the police officer noticed something protruding from Shepard’s chest area. As Shepard was being led to a squad car, money reportedly began to fall out of her clothing. Police recovered $692 along with the note Shepard allegedly handed the teller.
Police also reportedly recovered a very small plastic bottle containing a harmless liquid. Police did not recover a weapon, according to Garvey.