CHICAGO (STMW) – The “Swine Flu” Bandit has struck again. The bank robber, who is now believed responsible for at least 9 bank robberies in the Chicago area, has hit four banks since last Thursday, according to the Chicago FBI office.

The most recent robberies were at Chase bank branches, a release from the FBI office said. At 9 a.m. Monday, he is believed to have robbed the branch at 1130 W. Taylor St. and at noon struck the branch at 4809 S. Ashland Ave.

Additionally, he is believed to have robbed the branch at 550 S. Dearborn St. on Saturday morning and the branch at 4141 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn last Thursday afternoon.

These latest robberies bring his total to 9, the FBI said. Of those, seven took place in Chicago, one in Oak Lawn and one in northwest Indiana.

The “Swine Flu Bandit” is described as a white man 25 to 35, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 with a thin build, black hair and brown eyes. He has worn a cap or hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses during each robbery, and covers his face with a painter’s or surgical mask.

On at least two occasions, he told suspicious bank employees who confronted him when he entered the bank that he was recovering from the swine flu, the FBI said.

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(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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