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FBI offers $5,000 reward for pair suspected in several heists

The FBI announced a $5,000 reward Thursday for two men suspected in at least two bank robberies and other armed heists on the West Side.

The first bank robbery happened at a BMO Harris branch at 4959 W. North Ave. about noon on April 19, according to the FBI.

One of the suspects approached the teller while his accomplice waited in the customer area, according to the FBI. The man pointed a gun in the direction of a bank employee, demanded money and the two ran off.

The next day, the robber who was at the teller window returned to the same bank and tried to rob it again, but ran off when he realized that bank employees recognized him, according to the FBI.

The most recent robbery happened at a Charter One branch at 6700 W. North Ave. about 10:30 a.m. May 9, according to the FBI. One of the men walked into the bank, showed a handgun and demanded money from a teller before running away with an unknown amount of cash.

Chicago Police and FBI agents reviewed other recent armed robberies in the area and, based on witness descriptions and video surveillance, believe the same men robbed several retail, liquor and food stores on the West Side beginning in early April.

One of the robberies happened at a fast-food restaurant immediately after the failed bank robbery on May 8, according to the FBI.

One of the suspects is described as a 30-40-year-old black man about 6 feet with a medium build and a short beard. The second is described as a black man in his 20s, about 5-foot-10 with a dark complexion.

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