Federal prosecutors have charged a Wilmington man with the Dec. 3 robbery of the PNC Bank in downtown Joliet.
The case against Emil Panock, 54, was originally charged in Will County, but prosecutors moved to have the charges dismissed Feb. 16 in light of a federal indictment filed Jan. 19, according to court records.
Panock was taken from the Will County Jail on February 16 and transported to a federal prison in Chicago.
The federal indictment against Panock alleged that he took approximately $1,012 from the PNC Bank at 170 N. Ottawa St.
Panock pleaded not guilty to a bank robbery charge during his Feb. 10 arraignment in federal court.
Will County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney previously told the Herald-News that there was “concurrent jurisdiction” in the case and that prosecutors from U.S. Attorney John Lausch’s office could also lay charges.
The federal government generally prosecutes bank robbery cases because banks are federally insured.
Joliet police officials said Panock walked into the PNC Bank on Dec. 3, approached a teller, and used a note to report a robbery. A weapon was implied but not seen. Panock stole about $1,000 in cash from the bank and then fled in a taxi, police said.
Detectives were able to locate Panock in a room at the Crest Hill Inn, 2109 Plainfield Road, police said.
“Detectives located Panock in a guest room at the Crest Hill Inn and took him into custody without incident,” police said.
At the time of the arrest, Panock was in possession of the proceeds of the theft, which were suspected to be cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said.