Bully Bandit Strikes Additional Chicago Banks
A robber suspected of carrying out more than a dozen Chicago-area bank robberies during a seven-month period starting in late 2012, but then seemingly inactive for months, is thought to be the individual responsible for three recent robberies. The FBI is once again asking for help in identifying and locating the individual they have dubbed the “Bully Bandit.” Robert J. Holley, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI, made the appeal for the public’s assistance and confirmed that a reward of up to $17,500 remains available to anyone who provides information that leads to the identification and arrest of the robber.
The Bully Bandit earned his moniker by acting in a loud and threatening manner during his robberies. He has screamed at and threatened bank employees and customers, and he has pushed customers out of the way to get to teller windows. On at least one occasion, he displayed a handgun. To date, no physical injuries have been reported in connection with the robberies.
The three recent heists attributed to the Bully Bandit occurred on October 11 at a North Community Bank branch located at 1600 West North Avenue, October 28 at a Chase Bank branch located at 6612 West North Avenue, and on Wednesday, November 5 at a Chase Bank branch located at 1959 West Division. The Bully Bandit typically covers the lower half of his face with a scarf, an article of clothing or a dust mask. During Wednesday’s robbery, witnesses noted pink paint smudges on his hands and on the white hooded sweatshirt he wore.
The Bully Bandit is described by witnesses as a Hispanic male in his late 20s to early 30s, 5’7” to 5’8” tall, with a medium build. He has black hair and brown eyes. He appears to have at least four gold-capped lower front teeth.
Anyone recognizing the Bully Bandit or having any information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700 or your nearest enforcement agency. Photos of the Bully Bandit and additional information about these and other unsolved Chicago area bank robberies can be found at www.bandittrackerchicago.com.