Bandits, Smile For the Camera

New Web site featuring bank robbers crashes from too many visitors

Apparently there are a lot of bandit trackers in the Chicago area. At least that's how it seems, with Chicago's FBI office reporting that the new Bandit Tracker Web site it recently launched crashed three times last week.

Bandit Tracker is a site launched by the FBI, Chicago Police and the Cook County Sheriff's Department. It features profiles of bank robbers, and the response to it have been "overwhelming," the FBI says.

So far, the site features photos and descriptions of 12 suspects in Chicago-area bank robberies dating back to 2006. FBI spokesman Ross Rice says the number of robbers featured will likely change daily.

So are the robbers going online to see if they've made the cut? No, actually, officials say they have gotten at least a dozen tips from the site. Rice said he didn't know if any of those tips had led to arrests.

There have been 88 bank robberies in the Chicago area in 2009, compared to 277 in 2008.

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