FBI searching for ‘Black Cap Bandit,' suspected of five bank robberies

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Surveillance photo of the “Black Cap Bandit,” who is suspected of five bank robberies across the city and south suburbs. | FBI

The FBI is asking for help finding the “Black Cap Bandit,” a man suspected of five bank robberies in the city and south suburbs.

The bandit first struck a TCF Bank branch on Sept. 25, 2014, at 3400 N. Western Ave. in Chicago, according to the FBI. At 10:51 a.m., he entered the bank, walked up to an employee and made a threatening demand for money.

On Oct. 10, 2014, a robber matching the same description and operating the same way robbed another TCF Bank branch at 9424 S. Pulaski in Oak Lawn, according to an FBI statement.

Similar robberies happened at TCF bank branches on Oct. 29, 2014, at 7910 S. Cicero in Burbank; and on Dec. 31, 2014, at 3750 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago, according to the FBI. The same man is also suspected of robbing Standard Bank at 1968 Sibley in Calumet City on Nov. 6, 2014, according to the FBI.

No one has been hurt in any of the robberies, but the suspect is considered armed and dangerous, according to the FBI.

He is described as a black male, between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-3, and 200-210 pounds, according to the FBI. He has been seen wearing a black shirt or jacket, or a gray hoodie, jeans, gold cross chain, black cap, and either glasses or sunglasses.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call the FBI at (312) 421-6700 or local police.

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