“Bandaged Bandit” has robbed 7 banks, stores, and gas stations across the city and burbs, FBI says

The FBI is on the hunt for a man who’s suspected of robbing seven banks, gas stations, and convenience stores at gunpoint from Lakeview to Elmhurst since April 7. Federal authorities dubbed him the “Bandaged Bandit” because he has been seen with a dressing wrapped below his left knee.

According to an FBI bulletin, the man’s crime spree began on April 7 when he robed a TCF Bank in Arlington Heights. On April 28, he robbed a 7-Eleven store on the 1400 block of West Montrose in Lakeview, the agency said.

The FBI released these images of the “Bandaged Bandit,” suspected of robbing banks, gas stations, and convenience stores in the city and suburbs. | FBI

Then, he hit a TCF Bank in Skokie on April 30; a 7-Eleven at 2010 North Damen in Logan Square and a Mobil station at 3200 North Harlem on May 2; a gas station in suburban Elmwood Park on May 4; and a TCF Bank in suburban Elmhurst on May 18, the FBI said.

He’s believed to be Black, in his 30’s, about 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall, and may have that bandage below his knee.

Tips may be called in to the FBI’s Chicago Field Office at 312-421-6700.

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