Surveillance footage of a man suspected of robbing 10 banks in the Chicago area since 2014. | FBI

‘Midday Bandit’ robs 10th bank since 2014

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A serial bank robber known as the “Midday Bandit” struck again Thursday afternoon in southwest suburban Oak Lawn.

At 4:12 p.m., the man entered the MB Financial Bank branch at 9701 S. Cicero and made off with an unspecified amount of money, according to the FBI.

The suspect, described as a 5-foot-11, 160-pound black man with facial hair, is called the “Midday Bandit” because the robberies happen between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to the FBI. He has been seen wearing glasses and a variety of hats and is considered armed and dangerous.

Thursday’s bank robbery marks the suspect’s 10throbbery, including twice at the same bank, in the Chicago area since June 2014. The other robberies happened:

  • Aug. 19, 2015 at the Wintrust Bank branch at 3050 N. Harlem;
  • Aug. 3, 2015 at the U.S. Bank branch at 6020 W. Roosevelt in Oak Park;
  • July 17, 2015 at the TCF Bank branch at 2301 N. Harlem for the second time;
  • Nov. 14, 2014, at the Hoyne Savings Bank branch at 7001 W. Grand;
  • Nov. 13, 2014, at the Plaza Bank branch at 3555 N. Harlem;
  • Sept. 22, 2014, at the TCF Bank branch at 2301 N. Harlem for the first time;
  • Aug. 18, 2014, at the TCF Bank branch at 6107 S. Archer;
  • July 9, 2014, at the TCF Bank branch at 1952 W. Galena in Aurora; and
  • June 10, 2014, at the TCF Bank branch at 8801 S. Ridgeland in Oak Lawn.

Additionally, the suspect attempted but did not succeed at robbing a U.S. Bank branch at 6700 North Ave. in February; a First Midwest Bank at 7181 W. Irving Park in August 2014; and a TCF Bank branch at 507 E. Woodlawn in La Grange Park in July 2014, according to the FBI.

There is a $10,000 reward available to anyone who can provide information leading to the robber’s arrest. Anyone with information should call the FBI at (312) 421-6700

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