Alleged TCF bandit strikes again

July 6, 2009 4:47:35 PM PDT
A man suspected in robbing at least 10 TCF Bank branches in Chicago and the suburbs since 2007 may have robbed a LaGrange Park branch today, for the second time, FBI officials said.The man, dubbed the "TCF Bandit" by the FBI struck the TCF branch inside the Jewel Food Store at 507 E. Woodlawn Ave. at about 10:40 a.m., said Cynthia Yates, an FBI spokeswoman.

Yates said the man is suspected in robbing the same bank on March 13, 2008.

In 2007, the man allegedly robbed the same Franklin Park TCF branch three separate times, on Feb. 4, July 8 and Nov 29.

The man is described as a clean shaven white male with a large build, 35 to 45 years old, and between 5 foot 6 inches to 5 foot 8 inches tall.

As in the other bank robberies, today the man handed the teller a note announcing a robbery and threatened them with harm if they did not comply, Yates said. Yates also said in each case the man implied that he had a weapon but never brandished one.

"The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash," Yates said.

This year the man allegedly hit a TCF branch on Irving Park Road on Feb. 10 of this year and on Dec. 20, 2007 on North Cumberland Road both in Chicago.

Yates said the suspect is also wanted for robbing the Norridge TCF branch in Feb. 2008, a LaGrange branch on March 13 and a branch in Westchester on April 8, 2008.


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