Cary Lollipop Bank Bandit Pleads Guilty

Silk Lumpkins sees a bowl of lollipops while robbing the Cary Chase Bank.

A year ago in June, Crystal Lake resident Silk Pauline Lumpkins was arrested in Fox River Grove.  On May 26, 2010, she had robbed the Chase Bank on Route 14 in Cary, Illinois.

She plead guilty in Rockford Federal Court today.  The press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office follows:


ROCKFORD – PATRICK J. FITZGERALD, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; ROBERT D. GRANT, Special Agent-In-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; RONALD K. LUKASIK, Chief of the Fox River Grove Police Department; and STEVEN CASSTEVENS, Chief of the Cary Police Department, today made the following announcement:

SILK P. LUMPKINS, 36, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, pleaded guilty in federal court today to robbing Chase Bank, 300 Northwest Highway, Cary, Illinois, on May 26, 2010.

Silk Lumpkins puts the sucker in her mouth.

In pleading guilty, Lumpkins admitted that at about 2:20 p.m. on May 26, 2010, she entered Chase Bank wearing a disguise consisting of

  • heavy covering make-up on her face and hands,
  • a long blonde wig, long-sleeved shirt, and
  • a baseball cap.

Lumpkins further admitted that she wrote a note at the self-service desk, approached a teller at the counter, and handed the note to the teller that stated something to the effect of:

“If you don’t want to die today, give me all your money. You have 30 seconds to do this.”

Here Silk Lumpkins is sucking away at the lollipop meant for customers.

According to the plea agreement, the teller then removed $5,876 from her drawer and handed the money to Lumpkins. Lumpkins then put the money into a blue “Chase” deposit bag that she brought with her and walked out of the bank with the bag.

Lumpkins was arrested on June 2, 2010.

Sentencing for Lumpkins will be conducted on May 18, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.

Lumpkins faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years of supervised release following imprisonment, and full restitution. The actual sentence will be determined by the United States District Court, guided by the United States Sentencing Guidelines.

The case was investigated by the Rockford Office of the FBI, the Fox River Grove Police Department and the Cary Police Department. The case is being prosecuted in federal court by Assistant United States Attorney SCOTT A. VERSEMAN.

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