Illinois man robbed of two banks while on supervised release for two other bank robberies

An Illinois man convicted of robbing two banks last year has been released on supervision for two other bank robberies, authorities said.

Demontrian Deshaun Phillips, 28, stole $5,930 from Midland States Bank in Rockford during the April 27, 2021, and $4,408 robberies of Midland States Bank in Belvidere, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

He was convicted on four counts of bank robbery after a four-day trial.

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A Midland States Bank in Rockford, Illinois.  A man who robbed two Midland Bank branches in the city last year has been released under court supervision after serving federal convictions for two other bank robberies, officials said.

A Midland States Bank in Rockford, Illinois. A man who robbed two Midland Bank branches in the city last year has been released under court supervision after serving federal convictions for two other bank robberies, officials said.
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Federal prosecutors said Phillips posed as a customer and handed the teller a deposit slip and announced he was robbing the bank.

In the Belvidere robbery, prosecutors said, he threatened a teller by saying, “Don’t let me come to the counter,” because he was not given the amount of money he asked for, prosecutors said.

Three days after that robbery, law enforcement searched his Rockford home and found $5,090 in cash hidden in a sock.

Authorities said the cash consisted of several bills, identified by serial numbers, that had been stolen from banks during the two robberies.

The robbery was committed while Phillips was released under court supervision following a federal conviction for two 2017 bank robberies in Rockford.

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He is to be sentenced on March 16, 2023. He could face up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine in addition to court-ordered restitution.

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