Two-Timer Bandit Strikes West Side Bank for Second Time
An armed man sought by the FBI in connection with two bank robberies and one attempted robbery is believed to have carried out another heist, returning to one of the banks he previously struck. Robert J. Holley, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of the FBI, today renewed an appeal to the public for help in identifying this individual. Mr. Holley last week announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for the robberies.
The robberies this individual is believed to have committed all occurred on the far west side of Chicago and date back to April 19, 2014. On that date, two men entered the BMO Harris Bank branch located at 4959 West North Avenue, and one of the two approached a teller window and demanded money while pointing a handgun in the direction of a bank employee. That same individual is believed to be responsible for an attempted robbery at the same bank location on May 8. The second robbery occurred the following day at a Charter One Bank branch located at 6700 West North Avenue in Chicago.
Yesterday’s robbery occurred at the same North Avenue Charter One location at approximately 12:30 p.m. A man matching the description of the individual who robbed the bank on May 9 approached a teller window and, after asking a bank employee for a $100 bill in exchange for a combination of smaller bills, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the teller drawer. He fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The robber has been dubbed the Two-Timer Bandit because of his habit of striking twice in a row at the same bank location. He is described as a black male between 5’7” and 5’10” tall with brown eyes. He has displayed a handgun during each of the robberies as well as during the attempted robbery.
FBI agents have been working with Chicago Police Department (CPD) detectives in an effort to identify the individuals involved in the bank robberies. Based on a review of witness descriptions and video surveillance photographs, the FBI and CPD believe these individuals may have carried out a number of armed robberies at a variety of west side businesses beginning in early April, including a robbery at a fast food establishment immediately after the failed bank robbery attempt on May 8.
Anyone recognizing these individuals or having information about any of these robberies is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700 or local law enforcement.
Additional information about these and other unsolved Chicago area bank robberies, including downloadable photographs, is available online at the Bandit Tracker website, www.bandittrackerchicago.com.