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Englewood police: Woman in ski mask troubled, not looking to rob bank

Photo Credit: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD
Photo Credit: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 25-year-old woman who walked into an Englewood bank wearing a ski mask and gloves has “psychological issues and in no way had any intent to rob any banks,” city Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight.

As a result of media coverage that included a surveillance image of the woman at the PNC Bank on Wednesday, city detectives “received several calls from concerned citizens regarding [her] identity,” Torell said.

This afternoon, investigators found her working as a temp in a local city business.

IMAGE: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD

“The entire outfit she was wearing that was shown in bank still photographs was recovered, including the mask and gloves,” Torell said.

“The woman was interviewed by detectives who determined that she had psychological issues and in no way had any intent on robbing banks,” the captain said, adding that she was taken to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation.

“We appreciate the help from the community in identifying this woman,” Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “Hopefully this will assist her in obtaining the services she needs.

“PNC was notified and the staff there was relieved to find out that their safety was never at risk,” he added.

The woman entered the PNC branch on Engle Street off the corner of busy East Palisade Avenue just before 3 p.m. Wednesday wearing the getup, along with what witnesses said were “skinny jeans.”

“Based on what we could determine from surveillance footage, it appeared the woman lingered outside on the sidewalk and hesitated to enter several times because of pedestrian traffic in and around the bank,” Torell said.

“She finally entered the front doors and walked several yards into the branch where there were customers and employees,” the captain said.

“She stopped and visually scanned the interior of the bank before turning around and leaving in a very hurried fashion,” he said.

Police released the image from the surveillance video in the hopes that someone could identify the woman. Calls began coming in soon after.

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