The man walked into a Chase Bank branch at 10 S. Dearborn St. at 8:42 a.m., implied he had a weapon and presented the teller with a note demanding cash. Ten minutes later, a man matching the robber’s description held up the Citibank branch at 11 S. LaSalle St.
The suspect, given the moniker the “Benchwarmer Bandit” by the FBI, is described as a Hispanic man in his late 20s to early 30s, between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet with brown hair, brown eyes and facial hair.
Bank robbers apparently wanted to get their day’s work done before the snowstorm got in the way Tuesday morning.
Bank robbers had a busy year in 2012. The FBI said robbers have hit 218 banks in the Chicago area as of Dec. 31, compared to 115 in 2011.
The FBI says it is a pace that is expected to see the city pass 200 bank robberies by the time the year is out.
Authorities are now linking a Loop bank robbery Monday to the Stringer Bell Bandit — a man who allegedly robbed six other banks in seven attempts since October.
With four months still left, it’s already been a busy year for Chicago-area bank robbers.
According to the FBI, the number of bank robberies in the Chicago area could be on track to surpass last year’s number.
Bank branches in the Loop and the near northwest suburb of Norridge were robbed Friday, bring the total number of bank robberies in the Chicago area in 2012 to at least 48.
A $5,000 reward is being offered in hopes of finding two men — including one wearing a paintball mask — who robbed a northwest suburban bank last month.
Three bank robbers are on the loose, including a man who wore a paintball mask to rob a northwest suburban bank Friday afternoon and another wanted for sticking up a Logan Square bank an hour later.
Two branches of the same bank, about a mile and-a-half apart in the West Town area, were robbed, apparently by the same person, just minutes apart Friday morning.
FBI statistics show the number of bank robberies in Chicago and the suburbs has fallen significantly for the third year in a row.
A woman who is suspected of committing three bank robberies in the west suburbs of Berwyn and Lyons has been taken into custody, according to the FBI.