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Reward Offer Raised in Search for “TCF Bandit”

FBI Chicago December 10, 2009
  • Special Agent Joan Hyde (312) 829-1199

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today that a reward of up to $20,000 was now being offered for information leading to the identification of the individual dubbed the “TCF Bandit”, who is believed responsible for the armed robbery of at least eleven (11) Chicago area banks, dating to February of 2007.

The most recent theft occurred on Monday, December 7, when the TCF Bank branch, located at 153 East Schiller in Elmhurst, was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money. As he has done in previous incidents, the robber entered the bank area, approached an employee, and orally announced a robbery. He claimed to be armed with a handgun and threatened the employee with harm if his demands were not met. After receiving bank money, the robber fled on foot, disappearing into the parking lot.

A detailed listing of additional robberies the “TCF Bandit” is suspected of committing is below. No injuries were reported in any of the 11 robberies.

The “TCF Bandit” is described as a white male, 35 - 45 years of age, 5’6 – 5’8” tall, heavy build, with dark hair. He has worn a cap and sunglasses in each of the suspected robberies in an apparent attempt to conceal his identity. He has been given the moniker “TCF Bandit” as nine of the 11 banks he is suspected of robbing were TCF branches. He is believed to be armed with a handgun and should be considered armed and dangerous.    

This case is being investigated jointly by the Chicago FBI and affected local police departments.

Anyone recognizing this individual or having any information about this robbery is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.

Additional information about this robber, including downloadable photographs, is available at the Chicago Bandit Tracker web site, www.bandittrackerchicago.com.