'Pinball Bandit' strikes for 6th time, hitting bank in Hyde Park

BySun-Times Media Wire
Thursday, March 3, 2016

CHICAGO -- A serial bank robber dubbed the "Pinball Bandit" robbed his sixth bank in less than two months Wednesday afternoon, this time in the South Side Hyde Park neighborhood.

A man robbed the Fifth Third Bank branch at 1420 E. 53rd St. at 4:55 p.m., according to the FBI. He was last seen running from the bank westbound on 53rd Street.

His first robbery was at the Chase Bank branch at 1204 E. 53rd St. on Jan. 13, the FBI said. He entered that bank at 5:51 p.m., approached an employee and made a threatening demand for money.

He is also suspected of robberies at:

MB Financial branch at 5918 N. Broadway at 4:38 p.m. Jan. 19;

Chase Bank branch at 1130 W. Taylor St. at 5:51 p.m. Jan. 19;

Chase Bank branch at 1959 W. Division St. at 5:47 p.m. Jan. 25; and

Chase Bank branch at 1204 E. 53rd St. at 5:38 p.m. Feb. 2.

The Pinball Bandit is described as a 25- to 35-year-old black man, 5-foot-8 to 6-foot-1 with a slim-to-medium build and brown eyes, the FBI said. He has been seen wearing a gray or dark-colored hooded jacket, black pants or jeans, black knit hat, camouflage baseball hat, tan boots and gray scarf.

The robber earned his nickname because of the frequency and locations of the robberies he's suspected of committing, according to a statement from the FBI. He robbed two banks in one day, just over an hour apart, and struck one of the banks twice in a three-week span.

No one has been hurt in any of the robberies, authorities said.

Anyone with information should call the FBI's Chicago office at (312) 421-6700 or Chicago Police.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2016.)