A Harris Bank branch at 111 W. Monroe was robbed Tuesday morning.(Credit: FBI)
CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago area’s 90th bank robbery this year occurred Tuesday downtown. But it was almost the 91st.
Robbery attempts occurred at two banks, a block apart, within 10 minutes of each other. FBI Special Agent Joan Hyde said from photographs and descriptions given by personnel at the two banks, it appears to be the same thief.
The first attempt occurred at about 9:35 a.m. in the PNC Bank branch at 55 W. Monroe St. Bank personnel thought he looked suspicious, but he left when guards approached him.
Hyde said that 10 minutes later, a robber implied that he had a gun and demanded money from a teller in the Harris Bank main office at 111 W. Monroe St. The teller complied, no gun was pulled and no one was hurt.
The thief is said to be about 5′ 9″ tall, in his late 50s or early 60s, had a dark complexion, has brown eyes, wore a button-down blue shirt over a white undershirt and wore a hat with a logo on it. Hyde said agents could not decipher the wording of the logo from the security camera photos.
Hyde said it is “normal” for the Chicago area’s 90th bank robbery to occur at about this time of year, although it is behind the record pace of a year ago. Hyde said the Chicago FBI office has a 75 percent success rate in capturing bank robbers, although the man remained at large as of mid-afternoon Tuesday.
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