FBI searching for ‘Uptown Beach Bandit’ after three bank robberies

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The FBI is searching for a woman dubbed the “Uptown Beach Bandit,” who has robbed three banks in the last three weeks in the North Side neighborhood.

The suspect first struck on Aug. 5 at a TCF Bank branch at 3531 N. Broadway, according to the FBI. Just before 1 p.m., she entered the bank, approached an employee and made a threatening demand for money.

On Aug. 14, a woman matching the description of the suspect in the first robbery implied she had a gun and robbed another TCF Bank branch at 5343 N. Broadway.

The most recent robbery happened Aug. 22 at the TCF Bank branch at 4355 N. Sheridan, according to the FBI.

No injuries have been reported, but the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the FBI.

The bandit is described as a black woman 30-40, about 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-5 with medium to long dark hair, according to the FBI. She has been seen wearing a large floppy straw hat, sunglasses and either a green jacket, tan cardigan or light gray hoodie.

A reward is being offered for information leading to her arrest. Anyone with information should call the FBI’s Chicago office at (312) 421-6700 or local police.

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