Bank robber eludes cops in Loop

Surveillance images of the robbery offender. | FBI

Police came up empty-handed after they scoured the Loop for a bank robber during Friday evening’s rush hour. Officials halted CTA subway service briefly in an effort to prevent the robbery’s escape.

A bank teller told police that a woman entered the Fifth Third branch at 57 East Randolph around 3:45 p.m. and demanded money. The teller handed over a GPS tracker hidden inside a stack of cash and the woman slipped away into the downtown crowds.

Police ordered Red Line and Blue Line trains held at Loop stations for a short time when the bank tracking device neared Daley Plaza.

The FBI on Saturday issued a bulletin describing the robber as a black woman who stands about 5’1” tall. She wore a black and white hooded sweatshirt, a black scarf, with black pants, white shoes, and black gloves the bulletin said.

The bureau is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads directly to the woman’s arrest. Anyone with information may contact the agency’s Chicago office at 312-421-6700.

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