String of 2012 Bank Robberies Leads to Charges Against Kentucky Man
|U.S. Attorney’s Office January 17, 2014|
CHICAGO—A man suspected of being the Elmer Fudd Bandit who allegedly robbed four local banks and attempted to rob a fifth has been charged in a federal grand jury indictment handed down yesterday. The charges were announced today by Robert J. Holley, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI, and Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Todd Berkley, 40, of Clarkson, Kentucky, was charged with four counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery, all felony offenses. The indictment alleges Berkley carried out a series of robberies in and around Chicago from October 13, 2012 to October 29, 2012, at the following bank branch locations:
- TCF Bank at 4734 North Cumberland Avenue, Chicago, on October 13
- Charter One Bank at 4411 North Cumberland Avenue, Norridge, on October 15
- TCF Bank at 7122 West 40th Street, Stickney, on October 24
- TCF Bank at 7342 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, on October 29
In addition, Berkley was charged with the attempted robbery of the TCF Bank branch located at 819 South Elmhurst Road, Des Plaines, on October 14.
Berkley was arrested by authorities in Kentucky in November 2012 and subsequently charged with robbing a U.S. Bank branch in Louisville on November 1. He remains in custody in Kentucky in connection with that charge. No local court dates have been scheduled.
Each of the charges filed against Berkley carries a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.