"Quick Change Bandit" Strikes Again

FBI says robber has quickly changed clothes after hitting five banks in the last year

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011  |  Updated 2:15 PM CDT
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A man dubbed by authorities as the "Quick Change Bandit" may have struck again.

A First American Bank branch, at 4501 S. Pulaski, was held up on Saturday, the FBI said in a news release.  After reviewing surveillance video, authorities said they believe the same man robbed at least four other bank branches in the course of the last year:

MB Financial, at 1 S. Wacker Dr., on Dec. 31, 2009
Fifth/Third Bank, at 1 S. Dearborn St., on March 26, 2010
North Community Bank, at 448 N. Wells St., on July 3, 2010
Charter One Bank, at 4037 N. Lincoln Ave., on Oct. 7, 2010

The robber is described by authorities as a black man in his early 40s.  He stands about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and has worn sunglasses and a ski mask during his holdups. 

Authorities said he used a black bag with handles and displayed a gun during his robberies.

He earned the nickname the "Quick Change Bandit" because it's believed that he leaves a bag of clothes just outside the bank branch and quickly changes into them after leaving with money, said FBI spokeswoman Cynthia Yates.

Anyone with information on the robberies or the identity of the robber should contact the FBI's Chicago Office, at 312-421-6700 or submit a tip anonymously online at tips.fbi.gov.

More images of the Quick Change Bandit at BanditTrackerChicago.com

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