FBI: Man robs 2 River North banks in 2 days

The FBI says a lone robber is responsible for holding up two River North banks in two days. No one is in custody.

Most recently, the man entered Chase Bank at 1122 North Clark Street around 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday and handed a note to the teller in which he claimed to have a gun and a bomb. The teller handed over cash, which the man stuffed into his blue Hanes-brand underwear, and ran away.

Luckily for him, an explosive dye pack was not hidden in the cash.

Police said the robber either went north on Clark or eastbound on Elm.

Yesterday, the same man handed a similar note to a manager at the Chase branch located at 755 North Larrabee around 4:30 p.m. He collected money and was last seen running eastbound on the south side Chicago Avenue after the robbery, police said.

According to the FBI’s official description, the offender is a white or Hispanic man who stands 6-feet to 6’3” tall and weighs 185 to 200 pounds. He wore a gray hoodie, a dark winter cap, a black ski mask, a black backpack, a camouflage winter jacket, and blue jeans during Monday’s robbery, the bureau said.

On Tuesday, the man wore similar clothing, but the bank teller described the robber as a black man with dreadlocks who is in his mid-20’s.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads directly to the suspect’s arrest. The bureau’s Chicago office may be reached at 312-421-6700.
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