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Bearded, wigged bank robber strikes anew in Streamwood

FBI officials believe the same individual robbed banks in Cary, Huntley

Two local banks robbed this month might be part of a spree of holdups committed by the same man, law enforcement officials said.
Two local banks robbed this month might be part of a spree of holdups committed by the same man, law enforcement officials said.

Two local banks robbed this month might be part of a spree of holdups committed by the same man, law enforcement officials said.

Surveillance footage from recent bank robberies in Cary, Huntley, Arlington Heights and now Streamwood show what appears to be the same man, donning a black wig and lengthy beard, demanding money from tellers.

The FBI has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s capture.

The most recent robbery was Wednesday night at a grocery store in Streamwood.

The man, his face obscured by a black beard and aviator-style sunglasses, can be seen in security camera footage leaning over the counter at a TCF Bank branch just after
6 p.m. Wednesday. FBI investigators released a still image of the incident, along with still images from the other robberies, on its online bank robber database.

The footage was taken at a Jewel-Osco grocery store at 217 Irving Park Road, according to the FBI website.

Neither Streamwood police nor FBI officials immediately responded Friday afternoon to calls seeking information on the circumstances surrounding the robbery.

FBI Special Agent Garrett Croon previously told the Northwest Herald the person’s appearance and method of disguise is what leads investigators to believe it is the same man, who is considered armed and dangerous.

The man, who is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slight build and light complexion, implied he had a weapon Dec. 1 when he robbed a Chase Bank, 300 Route 14, in Cary.

Police previously said he walked into the bank, approached the teller counter and presented a note demanding money.

Since robbing Chase, however, other local banks the man has hit have been inside grocery stores.

He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash Dec. 10 after robbing a TCF Bank branch inside Jewel-Osco, 13200 Village Green Drive in Huntley, police said.

Three days later, a man in a similar disguise robbed another TCF Bank branch inside a Jewel-Osco at 1860
S. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights before hitting the Streamwood TCF on Wednesday.

Croon previously said he did not know if there were any leads regarding the man’s whereabouts.

Anyone with information should call the FBI’s Chicago Field Office at 312-421-6700. Tips also can be submitted at tips.fbi.gov.

Croon said there were a total of
91 bank robberies in the Chicago suburbs from Jan. 1 to mid-December and 49 in the city of Chicago. In 2016, there were 105 bank robberies in the suburbs and 82 in Chicago within the same period of time.

Robbing any national bank or state member bank of the Federal Reserve became a federal crime, under FBI jurisdiction, in 1934.

In 2016, the most bank crimes occurred Fridays between 9 and 11 a.m. nationwide, according to FBI statistics.

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