The FBI arrested Martin Crossley, 37, of Lombard after he was suspected to have robbed three banks in Des Plaines, Buffalo Grove and Oak Brook.
Co-workers and a relative of the suspect contacted the FBI after seeing surveillance photographs of the three-time offender leading to his eventual arrest, according to the Chicago Tribune.
In all three of his robberies, Crossley, who remained unmasked, allegedly slipped tellers a demand note commanding the teller to put money in a plastic trash liner which he retrieved from a trashcan in the bank. Crossley did not expose a weapon in any of his robberies
The FBI said $5,588 of the $6,699 that Crossley stole was recovered along with Crossley's glasses, one shoe and demand note, which he had dropped during a scuffle with a bank customer at his most recent heist.
If convicted, Crossley faces up to 20 years in prison.
As of Dec.12, the city of Chicago reported 207 robberies, a number which could double the 2011 total of 115 by the end of the year.