Bandage Bandit robs his seventh bank

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A serial bank robber known as the “Bandage Bandit” struck his seventh bank on Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect robbed the Fifth Third Bank branch at 2504 W. Cermak at 2:10 p.m., according to the FBI.

The FBI suspects the same man, dubbed the Bandage Bandit because he wore a large gauze bandage on his face during two of the robberies, was involved in incident:

  • About 9:45 a.m. March 31 at the PNC Bank branch at 2154 W. Madison;
  • About 9:13 a.m. on April 6 at the Chase branch at 3010 W. Cermak;
  • About 10:46 a.m. on April 22 at the PNC branch at 3337 W. North Ave.;
  • About 9:12 a.m. on April 28 at the PNC branch at 2300 N. Western;
  • About 1:51 p.m. on May 9 at the Chase branch at 3032 N. Clark;
  • About 4:37 p.m. on May 15 at the Bank of America branch at 3051 N. Clark;
  • About 12:53 p.m. on May 18 at the US Bank branch at 3051 N. Clark.

In each case, he approaches a bank employee and makes a demand for money while threatening harm to employees and customers. So far, there have been no injuries in any of the robberies, according to the FBI.

He is described as a black man 45-49, 6 feet with a medium build and dark complexion, the FBI said.

During the robberies, he has worn a red or black jacket, or a gray hooded sweatshirt. He has also worn blue jeans, white shoes, and a black knit cap or black baseball cap.

The FBI has increased the reward to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the “Bandage Bandit.”

Anyone with informationshould call the FBI Chicago office at (312) 421-6700.


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