Wicker Park Bandit Hits Ninth Bank: Cops

The latest heist was in the Roscoe Village area, police say

By Glenn Marshall
|  Monday, Jan 30, 2012  |  Updated 8:34 AM CDT
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Wicker Park Bandit Hits Ninth Bank: Cops

The "Wicker Park Bandit" may have added a ninth heist to his string of bank robberies.

On Saturday morning a man entered the Chase Bank branch on the 3500 block of North Western Avenue in the Roscoe Village neighborhood, police said. The man walked up to a teller and presented a note that indicated he was armed and was robbing the bank.

The man fled after the teller handed him an undisclosed amount of money, officials said.

The FBI described the suspect as a black man between the ages of 20 and 30, and about 5-foot-5. He is said to have a goatee and was described wearing a black skull cap, black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

A list of other robberies linked to the Wicker Park Bandit include: 

  •     North Community Bank, 2335 N. Clark, on Dec. 20, 2011
  •     PNC Bank, 4440 N. Broadway, on Dec. 22, 2011
  •     Chase Bank, 1350 N. Wells, on Dec. 30, 2011
  •     North Community Bank, 1555 N. Damen, on Jan. 6, 2012
  •     North Community Bank, 1600 W. Chicago Ave., on Jan. 6, 2012
  •     Chase Bank, 1200 N. State Parkway, on Jan. 9, 2012
  •     North Community Bank, 448 N. Wells, on Jan. 16, 2012

The FBI asked two weeks ago for the public's help in catching the man. The "Wicker Park Bandit" is profiled on Chicago's Bandit Tracker website.

Last year a man known as the Wheaton Bandit was able to get away with 16 robberies after the statute of limitations expired before authorities could catch him.

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