North Side Bank Robber Look-Alike Walks Free

Michael Weimer (right) was stopped after a “concerned citizen” thought he looked like a wanted bank robber (left)
UPDATE MAY 1, 2017: Weimer has now been charged with bank robbery — but not before he managed to rob yet another bank, the FBI says. Story here. Our original story follows.
It’s good news, bad news for Michael Weimer.

The good news is that the FBI told Chicago police to “only pursue local charges” after cops stopped him on a tip that Weimer looks like the guy who’s been robbing North Side TCF Bank branches lately.

The bad news is a lot of people think he looks like the bank robber and, well, he was allegedly carrying narcotics and drug paraphernalia when cops stopped him last week on a tip that he was the wanted man.

A “concerned citizen” reported seeing a man who looks like the bank robber walking near Irving Park and Broadway late last Monday.

Cops stopped Weimer nearby for questioning and recovered the contraband during a search, police said. Weimer is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

But, after that matter was tidied up, Weimer was released to resume his life.

He may want to consider a makeover because he looks a lot like a wanted man.

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