Serial bank robber strikes in Andersonville, FBI says

Surveillance image of the robber in Andersonville | FBI

A serial bank robber struck who has held up banks from Gage Park to the Loop struck for the fifth time Monday evening in Andersonville, according to Chicago police and the FBI.

The man robbed a TCF Bank branch inside the Jewel-Osco at 5516 North Clark at 5:49 p.m. by passing a note demanding money and claiming to have a gun, according to the federal agency. He then fled out the east door with an undetermined amount of cash.

The FBI said the same man robbed Lakeside Bank, 55 West Wacker, around 4:55 p.m. on May 28 by giving a teller a demand note that said he had a gun. The bank worker handed over about $1,550 in cash along with a dye pack, but the man gave the dye pack back to her and ran out the door.

Previous images of the robber at work | FBI

Federal agents believe the robber is also responsible for hold-ups at the Chase Bank at 10 South Dearborn around 1:10 p.m. on Jan. 16th; the Lakeside Bank at 1350 South Michigan around 3:45 p.m. on Jan. 31; and the Royal Bank at 2740 West 55th Street on June 7th.

The robber is described as a black man in his 50’s who stands about 5’7” tall and weighs about 180 pounds.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that leads directly to the offender’s arrest. The FBI’s Chicago Field Office phone number is 312-421-6700.

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