southtownstar
SPRIGHTLY 
Weather Updates

Police honored for catching alleged Bank of America robbers in Homewood

Police FBI surround an apartment building near 183rd Governors Highway Homewood. | DerrTravis/for Sun-Times Media

Police and the FBI surround an apartment building near 183rd and Governors Highway in Homewood. | Derron Travis/for Sun-Times Media

storyidforme: 62734582
tmspicid: 21400312
fileheaderid: 10067793
Article Extras
Story Image

Updated: April 7, 2014 6:14AM



The Homewood Police Department and the South Suburban Early Response Team officially were recognized by Bank of America for their part in capturing three robbery suspects Dec. 4.

Two of the suspects robbed the Bank of America branch, at 183rd Street and Governors Highway, at gunpoint, and a third was caught leaving a condominium complex near the bank.

“I knew we were in for a long day,” Bank of America senior vice president Patrick O’Meara said before presenting Homewood Police Chief Larry Burnson with a plaque that reads, “To the Homewood Police Department for excellent police work in apprehending two violent robbery suspects after a lengthy stand-off ...”

O’Meara said he thought the standoff, which lasted about four hours at a condominium complex near the bank building and required the evacuation of several buildings, would end badly after robbers took an undisclosed amount of money and GPS tracking devices from the bank vault.

“I felt very, very sorry for the police chief (Burnson) and the deputy police chief (William Alcott) because as this dragged on for hours and hours and hours on end, I really thought the chief was going to come up to me and mutter those mortal words, ‘Missed them by that much,’ ” O’Meara said. “But that didn’t occur.”

Instead, he said, Burnson told him the suspects were caught and everything was retrieved for evidence and, “from the bank’s standpoint, ‘We’ve got the money.’ ”

“It was a team effort by not only the Homewood Police Department but many departments in the surrounding communities,” Deputy Chief William Alcott said. “It was a great response by all agencies in the area.”



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.