Tuesday, July 20, 2010
“QUICK CHANGE BANDIT” SOUGHT BY FBI
Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual depicted on the attached wanted flyer. This individual, who is responsible for the armed robbery of at least three Chicago banks since December of last year, has been dubbed the “Quick Change Bandit”.
The most recent theft took place on July 3rd, when the North Community Bank branch, located at 448 North Wells Street in Chicago was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money. According to witnesses, a lone robber entered the bank, approached a teller window and displayed a black handgun. He then announced a robbery and ordered the teller to give him the money in her drawer, threatening her with harm if his instructions were not followed. The robber placed the money into a black colored shoulder bag and fled the bank, disappearing into the passing crowd.
Other robberies attributed to the “Quick Change Bandit” are the March 26th theft from the Fifth Third Bank branch, located at 1 South Dearborn Street and the December 31, 2009 robbery of the MB Financial Bank branch, located at 1 South Wacker Drive, both in Chicago. No injuries were reported in any of these incidents.
The “Quick Change Bandit” is described as a black/male, 30 – 40 years of age, 6’0” – 6’6” tall, stocky build, with black hair and brown eyes. He has worn a cap and sunglasses during each robbery and carries a black shoulder bag with him into the bank. He has been dubbed the “Quick Change Bandit” as he is believed to hide a second set of clothes outside the bank, which he changes into immediately after robbing the bank, aiding in his escape.
One of the photos included on the attached wanted flyer was taken by an external surveillance camera, which investigators believe captured the robber after he had changed his clothes and shows him without sunglasses.
This case is being investigated by the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) which 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 any of these robberies is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700 or any law enforcement agency.
Additional information about this and other unsolved Chicago area bank robberies, including downloadable photographs, is available on-line at the Bandit Tracker Chicago web site, www.bandittrackerchicago.com.