Barrington cop was just 20 seconds away from ‘bearded bandit’

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Twenty seconds. That’s how close a Barrington Police officer was to the TD Bank after it was robbed on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 11.

At 5:58 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 11, a white man with a full beard walked into the TD Bank on County Road and ordered employees there to give him money. According to police, the man did not show a weapon during the robbery and reportedly fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police said the same suspect has robbed at least five other banks in the area, including the Bank of America on County Road. That robbery took place on July 26.

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said officers responded very quickly to the TD Bank shortly after the robbery. He said one officer was only 20 seconds away, but was still unable to locate the suspect while responding to the scene.

Chief LaCross said a second police officer responded to the rear of the Barrington Senior Center after the bank robbery call was placed. During the July 26 incident, an eyewitness had told police that a man matching the description of the “bearded bandit” had been seen behind the senior center.

“No one was there this time,” Chief LaCross said.

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