A 30-year-old man wore a mask that made him appear to be at least twice that age and used a handwritten note to rob an Orland Park bank on Halloween, according to a criminal complaint.
Skye Perk is alleged to have taken $545 in the Oct. 31 robbery of a Fifth Third Bank branch at 15330 S. Harlem Ave., according to the complaint. According to Orland Park police, Perk formerly lived in the village but was homeless at the time of the alleged robbery.
Perk was pulled over Thursday in Flossmoor and arrested for a traffic violation, and a search of his car allegedly turned up evidence, including a mask, linking him to the robbery, according to an FBI affidavit.
He allegedly walked into the bank about 10:30 a.m. wearing a black, puffy jacket, scarf, sunglasses and gloves and tossed a handwritten note onto the teller counter demanding money, according to the affidavit. Written on a piece of paper torn from a spiral notebook, the note read “don’t say anything. don’t look up. Give me all bills out register except 1$s. Be quick and don’t play (any) games,” according to the FBI.
The robber didn’t speak but let out a loud groan after the teller handed over the money as if he was displeased by the amount, according to the affidavit.
“I don’t have any more,” the teller responded, and the man left, according to the FBI.
The teller indicated to authorities investigating the holdup that the man appeared to be about 60, and authorities initially said the robber was in his late 60s or early 70s.
According to the affidavit, a Flossmoor police officer on Thursday had curbed a 2006 Ford Taurus, driven by Perk, but after running the license plate discovered the rear plate was registered to a Mitsubishi vehicle while the front plate came back as belonging to a Chevrolet. The plates had been affixed over the vehicle’s actual license plates, according to the affidavit.
Questioned about the discrepancy, Perk said he had found the plates in a garbage bin and put them on the car because he didn’t have auto insurance, according to the affidavit.
After being placed under arrest, police searched the vehicle, finding a bag with a mask, hats and sunglasses, as well as a notebook in the glove compartment. On the top page were indentations of written words that matched those on the holdup note, according to the affidavit.
Perk allegedly told investigators he had bought the mask for a Halloween party he attended the night of Oct. 31 in Champaign, according to the affidavit.