FBI Seeks Tire Iron-Wielding Bank Robber
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WILLOWBROOK, Ill. (CBS) — Police are asking for your help in finding a robber in southwest suburban Willowbrook, who has been dubbed the “Tire Iron Bandit.”
As WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding, the FBI says the man is wanted for several robberies in Willowbrook. He is accused of holding a tire iron in his hand as he demands money.
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The most recent robbery happened at the First Merit Bank Branch, at 8480 S. Archer Ave. in Willowbrook. The man is also believed to have robbed the same bank on July 16, 2010, a release from the FBI said.
During the most recent robbery, the suspect walked into the bank late in the afternoon just as two employees were preparing to close for the day. He approached the teller counter holding a tire iron in his left hand and demanding money, the release said.
The robber then placed a small duffel bag on the counter and held it open for the tellers, who placed cash from their drawers inside. The robber then fled but his method and direction of escape was not seen.
In last year’s robbery, the man entered the bank holding the tire iron in his hand, announced the robbery and ordered an employee to place money into a black gym bag.
He repeatedly threatened employees with harm if his demands weren’t met. After receiving the money, he fled on foot and was last seen running through an adjacent alley.
No injuries were reported during the robberies, which are being investigated by the FBI and Willow Springs Police.
The FBI considers the “Tire Iron Bandit” armed and dangerous.
He is described as a white man, standing 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, and about 250 to260 pounds, with a goatee. He has worn a black and white Rastafarian style cap or a knit hat and striped polo shirt, sunglasses and gloves.
Surveillance photos have been released and authorities are asking anyone with information to call the FBI at (312) 421-6700.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.