The man being sought for robbing two Chicago banks last week racked up his third heist on Tuesday afternoon in the Loop, according to the FBI. But, this time his efforts were hampered by an exploding dye pack that was hidden in the bank’s stolen money.
Police and the FBI said the man presented a note demanding cash from a teller at Burling Bank, 141 West Jackson, shortly before 2 p.m. A dye pack secreted in the cash exploded as the man fled the scene.
Cops scoured nearby buildings looking for the offender who is now likely to have a distinctive red skin tone, thanks to the dye pack.
July 2, 2019. Chicago Police & FBI investigate a midday bank robbery in the 100 block of West Jackson, Financial District, Loop, Downtown neighborhood. An exploded dye pack is seen on a statue 50 feet from the bank. Suspect is at large. #chicagostreetcrime pic.twitter.com/CqwhXOw1UO— LEGAL HELP FIRM (@lhfirm) July 2, 2019
Investigators think the same man hailed a taxi cab to escape after he robbed the Citibank at 180 North Michigan around 2:15 p.m. last Wednesday. They suspect he used a taxi to get away after today’s heist, too.
The FBI said the suspect is also responsible for last Tuesday’s hold-up of a US Bank in Chinatown.
The robber is 35- to 45-years-old, stands 5’2” to 5’6”, and weighs 110 to 120 pounds. He has brown hair and a tribal ring or barbed wire tattoo on his right bicep.
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by the FBI for information that leads directly to the man’s arrest. Tips may be called in to the bureau’s Chicago Field Office at 312-421-6700.