BUSTED: Fifth Third Bank Robbery Suspect In Custody

Images of the man who robbed a Fifth Third bank at Diversey/Clark
this afternoon. (

UPDATE 5:35PM SEPT 10: The FBI has confirmed that the man arrested yesterday is responsible for all three Fifth Third bank robberies over the past few weeks.
UPDATE 3:32PM: A suspect was arrested around 3:30PM today in an apartment building at Kenmore and Hollywood in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood. Arresting officers say they recovered the bank’s money—all $80 of it—as well as the GPS tracking device. Well done, officers!

The FBI has not yet confirmed if the man arrested today is the same man who robbed the same bank in August and another Fifth Third branch later in the month.

CWB’s original report follows.

Images of a man who robbed Fifth Third bank branches
at Clark and Diversey on August 5 (bottom) and in
Andersonville on August 30 (top).
Source: FBI

The Fifth Third Bank at Diversey and Clark was robbed this afternoon—the second hold-up at that branch in just over a month. Initial descriptions of today’s offender closely resemble the man who committed the first robbery.

Police raced to the bank at 640 Diversey shortly before 2 o’clock this afternoon and began their hunt for the robber, following signals from a secretly-planted GPS device. Over the course of 30 minutes, several men matching the robber’s description were stopped along Broadway, Diversey, and Sheridan Road. All were released.

The offender today is described as male, white, 45- to 50-years-old, 6’ tall, some gray facial scruff, wearing a black and white scarf or durag on his head, a black short-sleeved collared shirt, jean shorts, and gym shoes.

As in the previous robbery, today’s offender implied that he had a gun but did not display one.

The man who held up the Diversey Fifth Third bank on August 5 is also responsible for robbing a Fifth Third bank in Andersonville on August 30.

Today’s CPD case number is HX421882.

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