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Sterling man jailed in Shabbona bank robbery

November 26, 2018

SYCAMORE – A Sterling man accused of robbing a Shabbona bank Saturday is in DeKalb County jail awaiting a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Jason D. Welch, 39, is charged with financial institution robbery and robbery. If convicted of the more serious offense, financial institution robbery, he could face 4 to 15 years in prison.

According to Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan, Welch entered the lobby at Shabbona Resource Bank, 102 S. Indian Road, around 11:40 a.m., said he had a gun but didn’t show one, and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

By Saturday evening, the sheriff’s office released images from surveillance video at the bank, which they say positively identified Welch. Video also showed Welch speeding off east on U.S. Route 30 in a green sedan.

“Obviously, the video from the bank was tremendously helpful,” Sheriff Roger Scott said this morning.

Welch’s vehicle was found Sunday in the 5300 block of Hirsh Street in downtown Chicago with evidence inside, the release said.

With help from the Chicago and Elmhurst police departments, Welch was arrested early Sunday evening in the 500 block of West Grand Avenue in Elmhurst, said Scott, who credited the public and the bank’s investment in quality video surveillance for the quick arrest.

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