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Historical Marker:

Rondout Train Robbery, The


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Location:
The marker is located on the north side of Illinois Route 176, just east of the toll road.
Latitude:
42.2801
Longitude:
-87.8977
Dedication Date:
10/04/1981
Dedication By:
Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society, The Lake County Museum Association and The Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Description:
On June 12, 1924, the largest train robberies in U.S. history occurred near here. Bandits who boarded the train in Chicago forced postal clerks to surrender sacks containing more than two million dollars in securities and cash.

Local police apprehended the gunman within a few days. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated the case and identified the masterminds, one of whom was a trusted employee of the postal service. Some of the loot was never recovered.

In all, eight men were convicted in federal court and sentenced within seven months of the robbery.
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