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‘Stringer Bell Bandit’ strikes Loop bank

This FBI-released surveillance phoshows so-called 'Stringer Bell Bandit' during recent bank robbery.

This FBI-released surveillance photo shows the so-called "Stringer Bell Bandit" during a recent bank robbery.

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Updated: November 9, 2012 4:19PM



A man dubbed the “Stringer Bell Bandit” — named after a character from the TV series “The Wire” — robbed his fifth bank in past in the past month.

The most recent robbery happened about 1 p.m. at a Citibank on LaSalle, near Madison, police said.

The man is also suspected of robbing the Citibank branch on Adams Street on Oct. 10, the Citibank branch on Washington Street on Oct. 17, the PNC Bank branch on West Monroe Street on Oct. 23 and the Fifth Third Bank branch on South Dearborn Street on Nov. 2, the FBI said.

Weapons were not shown in the robberies, which were described as “non-takeover.”

The robber was given the nickname by authorities who were fans — or at least familiar with — the HBO series and its drug-dealing character Stringer Bell.

“Apparently the guy on “The Wire” and this suspect bear some resemblance to one another,” FBI Special Agent Joan Hyde said.

The bandit is described as a 40- to 45-year-old black man, about 5-feet-8 with black hair, the FBI said. He keeps his head covered.

A reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction. Anyone with information should call the FBI Chicago at (312) 421-6700.



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