Bond Set for Naperville Man Charged with Robbery in Downers Grove | Top Stories


FROM THE DUPAGE COUNTY STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE: DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Downers Grove Police Chief Shanon Gillette announced today that a Naperville man has been charged with stealing more than $14,000 at a financial institution in Downers Grove. Tarandle Lee, 42 (dob 17/08/1979) of the 1500 block of Fairway Drive, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Angelo Kappas set bail at $750,000 with 10% to be applied. Lee was charged with one count of robbery at a financial institution, a Class 1 felony.

On April 14, 2022, at approximately 10:36 a.m., Downers Grove Police Department officers were dispatched to the DuPage Credit Union located at 725 Ogden Avenue, for a bank robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers spoke to the cashier and immediately began an investigation. It is alleged that shortly before the dispatch, a male subject entered the establishment, approached the cashier and presented a cardboard sign with instructions written on it to give him money stating “the big bills 100s 50s rest calm no gps no dye pack”. It is alleged that the cashier gave the man $14,100 which the man placed in a white trash bag. It is further alleged that the man then left the establishment, got on a bicycle and left. It is alleged that once the man was a few blocks away, he threw the bike away and entered the passenger side of a vehicle, later determined to be driven by Lee. The investigation led authorities to Bellwood where, at around 2:30 p.m. the same day, Downers Grove detectives located the alleged getaway vehicle. Bellwood officers were called to help and found Lee in the driver’s seat. Bellwood police officers helped take Lee into custody at that time.

“Violent crimes, such as those alleged in this case, not only cause immediate harm to the victim, but also have a detrimental effect on the sense of security enjoyed by the entire community,” Berlin said. “As a result, the type of behavior alleged in this case will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will bear the full brunt of the law. I thank the Downers Grove Police Department for their excellent work on this case as well as the FBI and the Bellwood and Naperville Police Departments for their assistance.I also thank Assistant State Attorneys Helen Kapas, Kelly McKay and Matthew Simo for their efforts to secure a strong prosecution against Mr. Lee.

“I would like to thank Downers Grove investigators who worked tirelessly to identify and apprehend this individual,” Gillette said. “The Downers Grove Police Department appreciates the assistance provided by the Bellwood Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Naperville Police Department. I would also like to thank State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and his staff for their guidance and support throughout the investigation.

The investigation into the case is continuing and anyone with relevant information is asked to contact the Downers Grove Police Department at (630) 434-5600. DuPage Credit Union is not covered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), so the state has jurisdiction to sue.

Lee’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 9, 2022 for arraignment before Judge Michael Reidy.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only accusations and does not constitute proof of the accused’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and has the right to a fair trial in which the onus is on the government to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Tarandle Lee

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