‘Two-Timer Bandit’ strikes West Side bank for second time

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A man suspected of a series of West Side bank and business robberies struck again Tuesday, returning to a bank he’d already robbed, according to the FBI.

The suspect, dubbed the “Two-Timer Bandit” because of his habit of striking the same bank twice in row, robbed the Charter One branch at 6700 W. North Ave. about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the FBI.

The robber asked a teller for change for a $100 bill, then pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the teller’s drawer, according to the FBI. He ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber had struck the same bank on the morning of March 9, according to the FBI.

His first robbery happened at a BMO Harris branch at 4959 W. North Ave. about noon on April 19, according to the FBI. Two men entered the bank, and one approached a teller and demanded money while pointing a handgun in the direction of an employee.

On May 8, the same man attempted to rob the bank again, according to the FBI.

The Two-Timer Bandit is described as a black man between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10, with brown eyes, according to the FBI. He has been armed with a handgun during all of the heists.

FBI agents and Chicago Police believe the suspect and an accomplice may have also carried out armed robberies at several West Side businesses, including a fast-food restaurant immediately after the failed bank robbery on May 8.

A reward of $5,000 is being offered for information about the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call (312) 421-6700.

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