‘Stringer Bell Bandit’ in custody
BY HUNTER CLAUSS Staff Reporter December 2, 2012 5:56PM
A surveillance photo of the "Stringer Bell Bandit", accused of robbing six banks and unsucessfully trying to rob a seventh since October./ photo from FBI Bandit Tracker.
The infamous Stringer Bell Bandit — who allegedly robbed or tried robbing at least 10 banks since October — is in custody, according to the FBI’s Bandit Tracker website.
Among the banks allegedly robbed by the bandit — named after a character from the TV series “The Wire” — was a Citibank branch at 111 W. Jackson Blvd. Authorities claim the bandit struck there on Monday about 1 p.m. He allegedly passed a note to the teller demanding cash and then ran northbound on Clark Street, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. No weapon was displayed.
The bandit allegedly struck the same bank Nov. 13, according to the FBI. That same day, he also attempted a bank robbery at a Chase branch at 2 N. LaSalle St., but for some reason he fled without grabbing any cash, authorities claimed.
According to the FBI, the man is also suspected of robbing:
♦Bank of America, 105 W. Madison, on Oct. 1.
♦Citibank, 69 W. Washington, on Oct. 17.
♦PNC Bank, 55 W. Monroe, on Oct. 23.
♦Fifth Third Bank, 1 S. Dearborn, on Nov. 2.
♦Citibank, 11 S. LaSalle, on Nov. 8.
♦Harris Bank, 99 W. Washington, on Nov. 16.
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.
Calls left with the FBI’s Chicago office were not immediately returned Sunday.