Authorities say there likely is no connection between robberies of financial institutions in Sherrard and Viola, Ill., although there are similarities in the vehicles used.

Mercer County Sheriff Tom Thompson said Tuesday that police are still searching for a man wanted in a hold-up at

1 p.m. Monday at First Community Bank in Sherrard.

 Authorities were looking for a green or teal-colored sedan that headed north after the suspect left the bank with an undetermined amount of money.

The robber was described as a man, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11 tall, wearing a black hoodie, a black ski mask, black or dark-colored jeans and dark-colored gloves. He inferred that he had a weapon but did not display it, police said.

The vehicle description is similar to the one involved in a Nov. 8 robbery at Union Federal Savings and Loan in Viola, also in Mercer County. That vehicle was described as a green or blue-green Pontiac Grand Am-type vehicle. Viola Police Chief Tom Mulder said the investigation in that robbery is continuing, with leads being followed.

Anyone with information on Monday’s bank robbery or the Viola robbery is asked to contact Mercer County Crime Stoppers at 309-582-3500 or 800-582-2762.

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