Published on:

To Catch A Thief (or Two)

As noted in this post, on December 18 two recently convicted bank robbers, Mark Conley and Joseph “The Second Hand Bandit” Banks, escaped from MCC Chicago. According to The Chicago Tribune, the investigation revealed:

Conley, 38, was awaiting sentencing for a single bank holdup when authorities said he and Banks removed a cinder block from their cell wall and scaled down about 15 stories of the sheer wall of the jail early on Dec. 18. The cellmates were last accounted for during a routine bed check, authorities said. About 7 a.m. the next day, jail employees arriving for work saw the bedsheets dangling from a hole in the wall down the south side of the facade.
The FBI said a surveillance camera a few blocks from the jail showed the two wearing light-colored clothing hailing a taxi at Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue about 2:40 a.m. They also appeared to be wearing backpacks, according to the FBI.
Banks was taken into custody by FBI agents and Chicago police around 11:30 p.m. Thursday in the 2300 block of North Bosworth Avenue, according to the FBI.
A neighbor, the Rev. Baggett Collier, said she heard a loud bang and looked out her window.
“We heard a big boom first,” she said. “We thought a transformer burst or there was a traffic accident. Later, my daughter called and said police were out there. I went out and I saw him. He was cuffed. His head was down. I didn’t hear him say anything. They got him into the wagon peacefully. The police were pretty calm bringing him out.
“He was just normal,” Collier added. “There were so many police there.”
Then, also in Chicago on:
Friday afternoon, [January 4, Conley] was found hobbling down a Palos Hills street with a cane, one part of a flimsy disguise that included a bulky overcoat and a beret pulled low over his face.
An 18-day manhunt for the escaped bank robber ended after a maintenance employee working at a residential building in the southwest suburb called 911 about a suspicious man.
Conley, as it turns out, had not gone very far from places he used to live and homes where friends and family still reside.
But law enforcement sources said Friday that he apparently had no help — the former strip club employee was sleeping in the building’s basement.