“Wicker Park Bandit” Wanted By FBI

Investigators seek public help to identify the suspected bank robber

The FBI is asking for the public's help in identifying a bank robber known as the "Wicker Park Bandit."

According to police he is believed to be responsible for as many as eight bank robberies around Chicago's North Side since December. His latest heist took place Jan. 16 at the North Community Bank branch on the 400 block of North Wells Street, where he got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police say the suspect walked into the bank and handed a teller a note asking for cash. Investigators say he has not shown a weapon or made any threats during his robberies.

Other locations the FBI says were held up by 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 suspect is described as a black male between 20 and 30 years old. His height ranges from 5'2'' to 5'7'' with a thin build, black hair and brown eyes.

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.

The "Wicker Park Bandit" is profiled on Chicago's Bandit Tracker website.

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