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Police: Officers on bicycles catch ‘Stringer Bell Bandit’

An alleged serial bank robber was nabbed Friday, authorities say, after he made a rookie mistake — returning to the scene of the crime.

Kenneth Anderson — dubbed the “Stringer Bell Bandit” by the FBI, who think he looks like the criminal mastermind from HBO’s “The Wire” — was arrested by Chicago cops on bicycles after bank staff said they recognized him from a previous robbery.

Anderson, 46, of the 8100 block of South Winchester, is suspected of robbing eight downtown banks since Oct. 1 but has so far been charged with a heist at the Fifth Third Bank at 1 South Dearborn on November 2.

He was arrested Friday morning when he returned to the bank, according to a federal complaint that says he made off with $2,300 on Nov. 2 after handing a teller a note demanding cash.

Following his arrest, police allegedly found a note in his pocket that read “Hand over all the money now you have 20 seconds.” Police say he admits he tried to flee the bank on Friday after employees who recognized him from the previous robbery “made” him.

The FBI previously identified the “Stringer Bell Bandit” as being behind a robbery last Monday at the Citibank at 111 West Jackson, as well as robberies over the last two months at the Bank of America, 105 West Madison; Citibank, 69 West Washington; PNC Bank, 55 West Monroe; Fifth Third Bank, 1 South Dearborn; Citibank, 11 South LaSalle; and at Harris Bank, 99 West Washington.

Shown a map of recent bank robberies following his arrest, Anderson told investigators “Yeah, these are all me,” according to the complaint.

He was ordered held in custody during a brief appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Young Kim Monday morning.



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