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McHenry County Man Pleads Guilty to Four Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

ROCKFORD — A McHenry County man pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala to four charges of robbery.


SHAWN M. RANK, 47, of Woodstock, pleaded guilty to the robberies of Heartland Bank and Trust Company, 327 W. Main St., Genoa, on Jan. 15, 2016; the Cash Store, 1479 N. State St., Belvidere, on April 1, 2016; Harvard Savings Bank, 58 N. Ayer St., Harvard, on May 6, 2016; and Alpine Bank, 600 S. State St., Belvidere, on June 13, 2016.


According to the written plea agreement, Rank admitted that at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2016, he walked directly to a teller’s station at the Heartland Bank and Trust Company in Genoa, pushed a blue zippered bank bag across the counter and told the teller to fill it with $50s and $100s. Rank opened his jacket and showed a gun to the teller. The teller placed $1,250 in the bank bag.


In addition, Rank admitted in the plea agreement that in the Cash Store robbery he walked up to an employee standing at the counter and told the employee it was a robbery. The employee placed $1,232 in a blue bank bag.


Rank further admitted in the plea agreement that he similarly robbed Harvard Savings Bank when he placed a blue zippered bag on the counter, displayed a gun, and demanded that the teller give him money. The teller handed $2,700 to Rank.


Rank also admitted that he robbed Alpine Bank in Belvidere, again using a blue zippered bag. When Rank demanded money, the teller then gave him $1,790 from her drawer.


On each count Rank faces a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release of up to 3 years following imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000, and restitution. The actual sentence will be determined by the United States District Court, guided by the Sentencing Guidelines. Sentencing is set for June 29, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.


The guilty plea was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and the Harvard, Genoa, and Belvidere Police Departments assisted in the investigation.


The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret J. Schneider.

Updated March 10, 2017

Violent Crime