Friday, February 5, 2010

Charter One Bank branch robbed

In the most recent theft, which occurred on January 22nd of this year, a lone robber entered the Charter One Bank branch, located at 8811 West 159th Street in Orland Hills, approached a teller and handed her a note, announcing a robbery. He then handed the teller a small, black colored, nylon bag, instructing her to fill it with cash. In the note, the robber also claimed to be armed with a gun, although no weapon was displayed. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber fled the bank on foot, disappearing into the passing crowd.

The “Archer Avenue Bandit” is described only as a black/male,

6’ 0” – 6’ 2” tall, medium build, with glasses and a goatee which appeared to be glued to his chin. He was wearing blue jeans, a black cloth jacket and a ski cap. In other robberies, he has worn an orange safety vest. He has been given the moniker of “Archer Avenue Bandit” as his first two thefts took place at banks along Archer Avenue on Chicago’s southwest side.

Other robberies this individual is suspected of committing are the Bank of America branch, located at 6331 South Archer Avenue in Chicago on January 9, 2009; the Charter One Bank branch, located at 12004 South Pulaski in Alsip on January 9, 2009 and again on January 4, 2010; the Chase bank branch, located at 5687 South Archer Avenue in Chicago on November 20, 2009; and the Chase Bank branch, located a 700 North Main Street in Crown Point, Indiana on December 23, 2009.

This matter is being investigated jointly by the FBI in Chicago and Merrillville, Indiana and affected local police departments. Anyone recognizing this individual or having any information about these robberies is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.

Additional information about this case and other unsolved Chicago area bank robberies, including downloadable photographs, is available on-line at the Bandit Tracker web site,

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