Man guilty in Naperville, Downers Grove bank robberies

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A man from the far south suburbs faces a potential 40-year prison term, after admitting he held up two banks last winter in Naperville and Downers Grove.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 8 for Kevin A. Johnson, 30, of Burnham. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office confirmed Johnson pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to two counts of bank robbery.

Johnson at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 entered the PNC Bank branch at 9 E. Ogden Ave. Johnson kept his hand inside his right coat pocket as if holding a gun, and threatened to shoot a teller unless he was given money from the teller’s drawer.

An FBI spokeswoman earlier this year said that a robbery under similar circumstances occurred Jan. 17 at American Chartered Bank, at 2205 Butterfield Road in Downers Grove. No weapon was displayed during either crime.

A four-page federal grand jury indictment said Johnson made off with $3,369 from the PNC Bank and $3,305 from American Chartered Bank, for a total of $6,674.

Authorities after the Downers Grove robbery found a car parked in the driveway of a nearby home that did not belong to the homeowners. It was later found to be registered to Johnson.

Johnson at the time of the holdups worked at an unidentified business in Naperville.

No one was injured during either robbery. The PNC Bank branch is not far from the campus of North Central College in Naperville, and students, faculty and staff members were warned of the potential danger via a campus safety bulletin issued within an hour of that stickup.

Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer is presiding over Johnson’s case. Bank robbery carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison upon conviction, and Johnson could be sentenced to 40 years if given maximum terms for both crimes.

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