FBI looks for Uptown bank robber with ‘messy penmanship’

CHICAGO — The FBI is looking for a bank robber with sloppy handwriting who held up a Chase Bank branch in Uptown on Thursday afternoon.

Around 2 p.m., the person seen in these bank surveillance images walked into the bank at 5134 North Clark and handed over an envelope with a demand note written on it, according to an FBI bulletin. A police dispatcher said the note had “messy penmanship” and ordered the teller to put their $50 and $20 bills into the envelope.

The FBI said this is the robber who held up Chase Bank, 5134 North Clark, on April 6, 2023. | FBI

In a media release on Thursday evening, the FBI did not say if the robber was male or female. But the agency said they are White, thin, in their 20s, and about 5’6″ tall. The agency said the robber may have had long hair tucked into their hat.

Tips can be shared with the FBI’s Chicago field office at 312-421-6700 or tips.fbi.gov.

Earlier on Thursday, the FBI offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a serial robber who has targeted four banks since late February, including two on Wednesday.

Update April 8, 2023: The FBI has now released an additional photo of the suspect.

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