Gun Toting Woodstock Man Gets 70 Months in Federal Pen for Bank Robberies

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office:


Photo Distributed of Harvard Savings Bank robber.

ROCKFORD — A McHenry County man was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala on four charges of robbery. SHAWN M. RANK, 48, of Woodstock, Ill., was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for the 2016 robberies of

  • the Heartland Bank and Trust Company in Genoa, Ill.
  • the Cash Store in Belvidere, Ill.
  • the Harvard Savings Bank in Harvard, Ill.
  • the Alpine Bank in Belvidere, Ill.

Rank was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $6,972 to the banks and the Cash Store.

Rank had pleaded guilty to the robbery charges on March 10, 2017.

According to the written plea agreement, Rank admitted that on Jan. 15, 2016, he walked into the Heartland Bank and Trust Company located at 327 West Main Street in Genoa, pushed a blue zippered bank bag across the counter to a teller and told the teller to fill the bag with $50s and $100s.

Rank opened his jacket and showed a gun tucked in his waistband to the teller.

The teller put $1,250 in the bank bag. Rank took the bag and fled.

The sign on the door of the Harvard Savings Bank indicates that guns are not allowed.

In his plea agreement, Rank also admitted to robbing the Cash Store at 1479 North State St. in Belvidere, Ill., of $1,232 on April 1, 2016, and to the armed robbery of the Harvard Savings Bank at 58 North Ayer St. in Harvard, of $2,700 on May 6, 2016. Finally, Rank pled guilty and admitted to robbing the Alpine Bank located at 600 South State St. in Belvidere, of $1,790 on June 13, 2016.

The sentencing was announced by Joel R. Levin, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Michael 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 was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret J. Schneider


Gun Toting Woodstock Man Gets 70 Months in Federal Pen for Bank Robberies — 6 Comments

  1. The Harvard Savings bank was a little miffed when I called them to ask how their “NO GUNS ALLOWED” sign was working for thsm

  2. I find it hard to believe the robber ignored the sign.

    Perhaps they need more signs.

  3. My letter after the phone call on the day of the robbery

    To Harvardsavingsbank Info
    05/06/16 at 2:43 PM

    Seriously how is the “No Guns allowed ” sticker on the front door working out….

    What do you mean the criminal didn’t pay any attention to it…..

    how strange…

    it’s time to get smart.and remove it ..

    by having that sticker on your front door you are inviting trouble

    if you want to discuss this……

    Gun free zones are an invitation to the criminal element…

    I am available

    Bill Matteson

    Reply Reply to All Forward More

  4. This loser is a lifetime criminal who should be locked up forever.

    He has never worked a day in his life and is nothing but a drain on society.

    70 months isn’t close to enough time.

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