Authorities seek 2 repeat bank robbers after 2 holdups
Suspect in a bank robbery in Lombard earlier this month. (FBI, Bandittracker.com / June 6, 2013)
A bank in Wicker Park was robbed by a man who the FBI said is on a “spree,” hitting a fourth bank today, and another man who held up a bank in west suburban Lombard is suspected in an earlier heist in Aurora, authorities said.
The city robber struck today about 12:30 p.m. at the North Community Bank at 1555 N. Damen Ave., according to police and the FBI.
On Tuesday, the same person robbed a Citibank branch at 1455 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the same Wicker Park neighborhood, and is suspected in two earlier Loop-area bank robberies including a Chase Bank branch on May 31 at 300 S. Riverside Plaza and a Charter One Bank branch at 71 S. Wacker Dr. on May 29, according to FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde.
“They believe it’s the same individual,’’ Hyde said. “He is on a spree.’’
He is described as being a white man about 35 years old, bald and about 6 feet tall, according to Hyde. He hasn’t been given a nickname yet, but in Tuesday’s robbery, he was wearing a Blackhawks hat and in the May 31 robbery, he was wearing a Chicago Bears shirt and a Blackhawks hat she said.
Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, and both Estrada and Hyde said he remains at large this afternoon.
Meanwhile, in the west suburbs, a separate repeat-robber remains at large after what authorities believe is his second heist: the noon robbery of the TCF Bank branch at 1177 S. Main St. in Lombard, according to Hyde.
The same person is suspected of robbing another TCF Bank branch in Aurora on June 2, at 1157 Eola Rd.
In today’s incident, he is described as being a white man about 170 pounds, who was wearing a black hoodie, a black baseball cap, sunglasses and black gloves, said Hyde.
The June 2 robbery happened about 4:15 p.m. and the robber was described as being white man about 170 pounds who was unshaven, wearing black sunglasses and a white bandanna on his head, and a Blackhawks sweatshirt, according to the FBI.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI at 312-421-6700.