(Image source: Chicago Tribune)

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL
ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY


The so-called “Second Hand Bandit” has been caught — for the second time. Police arrested Joseph Banks following his daring escape from federal prison in Chicago Tuesday morning. But his partner in crime, Kenneth Conley is still at large. Here’s WNAC with the details.

“Investigators say the men smashed a hole in the wall below a cell window, scaled down 20 stories to freedom, using a knotted rope of bed sheets. The other convict is still on the run.”

According to WLS-TV, Joseph Banks was arrested in northern Chicago late Thursday night. Their escape went unnoticed for hours.
Surveillance cameras outside of the prison show Banks and Kenneth Conley hopping into a cab shortly before 3 a.m. The prison guards did not realize the men were gone until 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. But WLS-TV says authorities still have a lot to explain.

“Law enforcement officials left a host of questions unanswered, including how the men could collect about 200 feet of bed sheets and what they might have used to break through the wall of the federal facility.”

KAMC described the scene, which sounds like something straight out of the movies.

“They even faked out the guards by putting clothes and sheets in their bed to make it look like they were still asleep. it tooks hours before the guards figured out they were gone.”

The Chicago Tribune says both men are convicted bank robbers. And Banks is known as one of Chicago’s most prolific.
He was convicted last week of stealing more than $600,000 during armed robberies. And the search continues for Kenneth Conley. The Tribune says his family is hoping for the best. Conley's brother said...

"Do I think he's capable of doing something dangerous? I don't know. I hope he just turns himself in."

The FBI in Chicago announced a $50,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the apprehension of the men.

 

High-Rise Prison Escapee Captured

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Dec 21, 2012

High-Rise Prison Escapee Captured

 

(Image source: Chicago Tribune)

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL
ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY


The so-called “Second Hand Bandit” has been caught — for the second time. Police arrested Joseph Banks following his daring escape from federal prison in Chicago Tuesday morning. But his partner in crime, Kenneth Conley is still at large. Here’s WNAC with the details.

“Investigators say the men smashed a hole in the wall below a cell window, scaled down 20 stories to freedom, using a knotted rope of bed sheets. The other convict is still on the run.”

According to WLS-TV, Joseph Banks was arrested in northern Chicago late Thursday night. Their escape went unnoticed for hours.
Surveillance cameras outside of the prison show Banks and Kenneth Conley hopping into a cab shortly before 3 a.m. The prison guards did not realize the men were gone until 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. But WLS-TV says authorities still have a lot to explain.

“Law enforcement officials left a host of questions unanswered, including how the men could collect about 200 feet of bed sheets and what they might have used to break through the wall of the federal facility.”

KAMC described the scene, which sounds like something straight out of the movies.

“They even faked out the guards by putting clothes and sheets in their bed to make it look like they were still asleep. it tooks hours before the guards figured out they were gone.”

The Chicago Tribune says both men are convicted bank robbers. And Banks is known as one of Chicago’s most prolific.
He was convicted last week of stealing more than $600,000 during armed robberies. And the search continues for Kenneth Conley. The Tribune says his family is hoping for the best. Conley's brother said...

"Do I think he's capable of doing something dangerous? I don't know. I hope he just turns himself in."

The FBI in Chicago announced a $50,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the apprehension of the men.

 

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