Man Robs Second Bank In 4 Days — And The Surveillance Image Sucks Again

A blurry object that resembles a male human is seen robbing Lakeview banks on Saturday (left) and Tuesday. | FBI

Maybe we should call him the Blurry Byline Bandit.

A guy who robbed one Lakeview bank on Saturday struck again Tuesday morning in North Center and the similarities between the two hold-ups are remarkable:

• Both happened in the 9 a.m. hour
• The offender wore Chicago-themed sweatshirts and hats both times
• Both robberies involved Byline Bank branches
• The bank’s surveillance images are of incredibly poor quality.

Around 9:10 a.m. yesterday, the robber walked across the bank parking lot at 3401 North Western, stepped inside the branch, and handed the teller a demand note.

After receiving about $2,500 cash, he walked out, cut back across the parking lot, and headed back east on Roscoe Street.

Cops say the robber’s notes, which have been written on blue 3-by-5 index cards, specifically instructs tellers not to include a dye pack with his cash.

The Byline Bank at Western and Roscoe | Google

The offender is a thin white man with tattoos on his neck and hands who stands about 6’1” tall.

Yesterday, he wore a White Sox baseball hat and a gray sweatshirt with a Chicago flag design on the front.

His Saturday outfit featured a Blackhawks baseball hat with a gray sweatshirt imprinted with the word “CHICAGO.”

The FBI is offering a reward for information that leads to the man’s arrest. The bureau’s Chicago office may be reached at 312-421-6700.

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