Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bank Sues Parents of Teen Heist Suspects

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bank Sues Parents of Teen Heist Suspects

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CHICAGO -- The parents of seven teenagers accused of stealing $90,400 in a suburban bank heist are being sued by the bank for the loot and $100,000 in damages and fees.

"They are responsible just like all of us who are parents," David Creel, senior vice president of TCF Bank, said yesterday.

No one is saying the parents took any of the money or knew anything about the Feb. 15 robbery at the bank branch in Naperville, where some of the teens were employees. Half the money is still missing.

The lawsuit was filed under the Illinois parental responsibility law, which is most often used to collect from parents whose offspring have caused damage through carelessness or mischief, such as an out-of-control house party that damages a neighbor's home.

"This extends it from sort of negligent accidents to willful injuries. It's a plausible theory," said Harold Krent, a professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Prosecutors said the heist was engineered by former bank manager Terry Twist, 25, who is now in custody. …

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