Two unsolved Viola bank robberies could be connected to the latest hold-up this week at Viola’s Union Federal Savings and Loan. Nothing has been ruled out, and information is being sought from the public.

“We’re looking for any information that may be useful, such as suspicious people or vehicles, anything that didn’t seem right,” Viola Police Chief Tom Mulder said.

Tips can be made to Mercer County CrimeStoppers at 309-582-3500 or toll-free at 800-582-2762.

“The best description of the vehicle is a bluish green or teal-colored Grand Am-type vehicle and that was seen northbound from the area,” Mulder said.

The robber entered Union Federal Savings and Loan shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday. He told bank personnel he had a weapon and demanded cash. He fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and eventually got into a car. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as male, 5-feet, 11-inches tall with a medium build. He had his face and hands covered and was wearing all black.

Two other bank robberies remain unsolved in Viola, and there is a possibility they could be connected.

“It’s always a possibility, and that’s being looked into,” Mulder said. “

Farmers State Bank of Western Illinois was held up on Jan. 12, 1998, and Union Federal was robbed by a masked bandit on April 5, 2001.

Mulder said police also are investigating to see if there is any connection to recent unsolved robberies in the Quad-Cities.


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