Charlie Montalvo, 36, of Hillside, is charged in the robbery of $3,480 from a First Merit Bank branch, 7227 W. Addison St. on Wednesday morning, according to an FBI affidavit.
After his arrest, Montalvo admitted to robbing four other banks and trying to rob another one as long ago as last August, according to the affidavit.
As the robbery was going on, an off-duty police lieutenant was waiting in a drive-through lane and saw the man reaching into a teller’s drawer. The lieutenant then called 911 and described the robber, according to the affidavit.
The description the lieutenant gave was broadcast over police radio, and a law enforcement officer who knew that Montalvo was suspected in earlier robberies heard the broadcast. The officer followed Montalvo into a nearby alley, where it stopped behind a home, and Montalvo got out, according to the FBI. The officer announced who he was and drew his gun, but Montalvo ran away. He was arrested soon after.
Montalvo told FBI agents he robbed the banks to feed his gambling habit.