Wicker Park is known as one of Chicago's trendy neighborhoods, but it's a different kind of trend that has the FBI focusing attention there… a man known as the Wicker Park Bandit has been preying on banks a lot recently.
The FBI believes the Wicker Park bandit is responsible for seven robberies in and around that neighborhood since early December. The most recent hold up was at the Chase bank branch at 1700 North Wells on Jan. 9.
He enters the bank, approaches the teller and hands a note announcing a robbery and demanding cash. He has not shown any weapon or made any threats, but what is a bit unusual is that in six of the seven robberies he has specifically asked for 100's and 50's. In some cases he has specified that in the note.
In the very first robbery, at the same Chase Bank on North Wells, a suspicious individual entered the bank before the robbery and asked if he could use a computer to check his email.
A week later a suspicious man waiting in a teller line for about 90 seconds and then abruptly left the bank, and a short time later the bank was robbed.
What we are not sure about is whether this was the Wicker Park Bandit or someone casing the bank for him, or just some strange coincidence.
Here is what the FBI says the Wicker Park Bandit looks like:
He is described as a black male.
20-to-30 years old.
About five feet eight inches tall with a medium build.
He has Black hair and Brown eyes.
He is considered armed and dangerous, if you see him, call police.