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FBI increases reward to $10,000 for ‘Midday Bandit’

A $10,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to a serial bank robber dubbed the “Midday Bandit,” the FBI announced Monday.

The suspect is believed to be responsible for eight bank robberies in the Chicago area, the FBI said. He earned the nickname because the robberies have happened between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The most recent robbery happened at 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at a U.S. Bank branch in west suburban Oak Park, after which the reward was increased, according to the FBI.

The suspect—described as a 5-foot-11, 160-pound black man with facial hair—entered the bank at 6020 W. Roosevelt and got away with an unspecified amount of cash.

The same suspect previously robbed seven other banks—most last year—including twice at the same branch:

—TCF Bank at 8810 S. Ridgeland in Oak Lawn on June 10, 2014;

—TCF Bank at 1952 W. Galena in Aurora on July 9, 2014;

—TCF Bank as 6107 S. Archer on Aug. 8, 2014;

—TCF Bank at 2301 N. Harlem on Sept. 22, 2014;

—Plaza Bank at 3555 N. Harlem on Nov. 13, 2014;

—Hoyne Savings Bank at 7001 W. Grand on Nov. 14, 2014;

—TCF Bank at 2301 N. Harlem again on July 17.

He attempted, but failed, to rob the TCF Bank branch at 507 E. Woodlawn in LaGrange Park on July 16, 2014; and the First Midwest Bank at 7181 W. Irving Park on Aug. 28, 2014, according to the FBI.

The FBI said he has facial hair and has worn glasses and a variety of hats during the robberies. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information should call the FBI at (312) 421-6700.