FBI releases new details about Lincoln Park bank burglary

Chicago — The FBI has released new details about the “hole in the wall” burglary of a Lincoln Park bank over the weekend, including surveillance images of one of the offenders. CWB Chicago was the first to report about the daring break-in at Bank of America, 2163 North Clybourn.

Sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Sunday, the burglars rammed through the rear doors of a storefront adjacent to the bank. From there, they drilled through the wall to access the bank vault next door, as the FBI confirmed on Thursday.

The FBI released these surveillance images of one of the burglars. | FBI

The agency said between two and four men who traveled in a small silver SUV and a dark sedan were involved. These images, released by the FBI, show one of the suspects passing in front of the bank.

According to the FBI, the man wore a black cap, black face mask, gray t-shirt, black long-sleeved shirt, black gloves, gray pants, and blue shoes. He then changed clothes and wore a black cap, black face mask, black hoodie, black gloves, black pants, and blue shoes.

Chicago police said an employee found the safe “empty” around 9:55 a.m. Monday, but there was money inside when the staff locked up at the end of business Saturday.

Heavy plywood protects a hole in the wall of the storefront adjacent to the bank. | CWB Chicago

On Monday evening, the doors that the burglars’ car plowed through to access the neighboring storefront were sealed with heavy plywood. Bank of America closed the branch temporarily, but the company’s website says the bank is operating again.

Tips about the burglary can be shared anonymously with the FBI’s Chicago office at 312-421-6700 and tips.fbi.gov. The agency is offering a reward of “up to $1,000 for information leading directly to the arrest and conviction” of the man seen in the surveillance images.

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