Serial bank robber strikes in Uptown and Lakeview


A serial bank robber remains at large after holding up three branches this week, including locations in Lakeview and Uptown, according to the FBI. The man is believed to be responsible for six bank heists and attempts since May 17th.

The man entered Chase bank, 3714 North Broadway, at 2:47 p.m. Thursday and presented a note to the teller demanding money. But the bank worker did not comply and the robber left empty-handed, according to the FBI.

He tried again at 11:37 a.m. Friday morning at the Chase location at 5200 West Dempster in Skokie. He again left without any proceeds.

That afternoon, he walked into the Chase bank at 1101 West Lawrence around 2:20 p.m. and handed a demand note to a teller. The man then fled southbound on Winthrop Avenue after collecting an undetermined amount of cash, according to police.

He was wearing big sunglasses and a hoodie that bears a large NorthFace logo. Police have said the robber is in his 20’s, appears to be bowlegged, and stands about 6-feet tall.

The FBI says the man is also responsible for robbing Chase locations at 935 West Armitage on June 22nd; at 1055 West Bryn Mawr on May 28th; and at 1934 South State on May 17th.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that leads directly to the man’s arrest. Information may be shared with the FBI’s Chicago Field Office at 312-421-6700.

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