Tuesday, July 6, 2010

$20,000 REWARD FOR “DOUBLE DIP BANDIT”

The search for a serial bank robber, who is believed to be responsible for the armed robbery of at least ten (10) banks in the metropolitan Chicago area, dating to February of this year, has intensified announced Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In addition, a reward offer of up to $20,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of this individual, who has been dubbed the “Double Dip Bandit”, is now being offered.

In the most recent theft, which occurred on July 3rd, a lone robber entered the TCF Bank branch, located at 4660 West Irving Park Road in Chicago, approached a teller and placed a plastic shopping bag on the counter. He then announced a robbery and ordered the teller to fill the bag with money. The robber was armed with a gun and threatened the bank employee with harm if his instructions were not followed. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber fled the bank on foot, disappearing into the passing crowd.
The “Double Dip Bandit” is described as a white/male,
35 – 40 years of age, 6’ 0” tall, with a medium build. He has worn a variety of clothing during each robbery but always wears a baseball style cap and sunglasses in an apparent attempt to conceal his identity. He has been given the moniker of the “Double Dip Bandit” as he has robbed three different banks at least twice.
Other robberies this individual is suspected of committing are the TCF Bank branch, located at 6430 West Irving Park Road on February 26th,
March 28th and April 28th; the TCF Bank branch, located at 1 West Devon Avenue in Park Ridge, on March 5th and March 15th; the TCF Bank branch, located at 4734 Cumberland Avenue in Chicago, on April 3rd; the Citibank branch, located at 2801 West Devon on May 11th and June 9th; and the First Commercial Bank branch, located at 7050 North Western Avenue in Chicago on June 28th.
This matter is being investigated by the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) and the Park Ridge Police Department. The Chicago VCTF is comprised of FBI Special Agents, Detectives from the Chicago Police Department and Investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police.
Anyone recognizing this individual or having any information about these robberies is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.

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