‘Wicker Park Bandit’ Strikes Eighth Bank

CHICAGO (STMW) – Authorities are searching for the “Wicker Park Bandit” — last spotted robbing his eight bank, this one in the River North neighborhood Monday morning.

The latest robbery happened at the North Community Bank at 448 N. Wells St. about 10 a.m., according to police. The robber entered the bank, gave the teller a note and drove away in a maroon Chevy Blazer.

It was his eighth bank robbery, according to the FBI.

Police said the man robbed the Chase Bank at 1200 N. State Parkway on Jan. 9 at 1:36 p.m. He passed a teller a note and did not display a weapon. He fled with an unknown amount of cash.

He robbed two North Community Bank branches on Jan. 6 — one at 1600 W. Chicago Avenue and another at 1555 N. Damen Ave., according to BanditTracker Chicago.

He’s also robbed: Chase Bank at 1350 N. Wells on Dec. 30; PNC Bank at 4440 N. Broadway on Dec. 22; North Community Bank at 2335 N. Clark on Dec. 20; and the Chase Bank at 1700 N. Wells on Dec. 13.

The “Wicker Park Bandit” is a black man, 20 to 30, 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-7. He has a thin build with black hair and brown eyes. He’s been dubbed the “Wicker Park Bandit” because most of his robberes have been in and around Wicker Park.

He hasn’t shown a weapon in any of the robberies and no injuries have been reported.

Anyone with information should call the FBI at (312) 421-6700.

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  • Alabaster White

    I hope they catch that lousy Wicker.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Talk about adding insult to injury I hate these low life liberals that try make everything out to be A okay and try to keep people from realizing what’s happening. Bring back armed guards and pop this ass hole in the back of the head when he leaves! This is what happens when you ban firearms they rob the banks anyways. And to play it off like no one was hurt, that’s B.S. the FDIC money could have been going towards a childs education! The price of a bullet is a lot cheaper than the FDIC anyways!

    • Jim Hamilton

      P.S. This pukes life isn’t worth 5 of the dollars he took.

      • dan

        None of them are.

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