A man suspected in five Chicago bank robberies tried to rob a sixth bank in the Lake View neighborhood on Friday, the FBI said.
The FBI has increased the reward to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of a serial bank robber dubbed the “Bandage Bandit,” after he struck for the fifth time Saturday.
The Bandage Bandit is suspected of robbing a PNC Bank branch at 2154 W. Madison St. on March 31, a Chase Bank branch at 3301 W. Cermak Rd. on April 6, a PNC Bank Branch at 3337 W. North Av. on April 22, and a PNC Bank Branch at 2300 N. Western Av. on April 28.
The robber earned his name by wearing a different jacket in each robbery, each with a different logo on the front, according to the FBI.
After apparently laying low for several months, the so-called Bully Bandit has struck again, robbing three more Chicago banks in the past month.
A woman who robbed a BMO Harris bank in north suburban Wilmette Tuesday is also suspected of robbing another bank in nearby Skokie last week.
Authorities had called him the “Hooded Bandit” because he often wore hoods during the alleged robberies.
The alleged “No Boundaries Bandit,” who is suspected of robbing at least 13 banks in the Chicago area, has been charged in federal court with robbing a Southwest Side bank. He was arrested by Cicero police over the weekend.
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.