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‘Stringer Bell Bandit’ charged with bank robbery

A surveillance pho'Stringer Bell Bandit' accused robbing six banks unsucessfully trying rob seventh since October./ phofrom FBI Bandit Tracker.

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.

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The infamous Stringer Bell Bandit -- suspected of robbing or trying to rob at least 11 banks since October -- has been arrested and charged with one of the robberies.

Kenneth Anderson, 46, whose last known address was 8151 S. Winchester Ave., was arrested without incident Friday by Chicago Police bicycle patrol officers, according to a release from the FBI.

He was dubbed the “Stringer Bell Bandit” for his resemblance to a character from the TV series, “The Wire.”

Anderson was charged with one felony count of bank robbery for the Nov. 2 robbery of a Fifth Third Bank, 1 S. Dearborn St., the FBI said. He was scheduled to appear in federal court on Monday.

Anderson returned to the same bank Friday and was recognized by employees as the person who committed the Nov. 2 robbery, the FBI said. The employees contacted police, who arrested Anderson a few blocks away.

Anderson, who is suspected in several robberies of Downtown banks since October, admitted to enforcement officers that he committed the other robberies, which occurred after he was released from federal prison, according to the federal criminal complaint.

According to the complaint, he was shown a map with the bank locations and dates of the robberies committed by the Stringer Bell Bandit and said, “Yeah, these are all me.” He then gave descriptions of the clothing he wore and the routes he followed during the robberies.

Among the banks allegedly robbed was a Citibank branch at 111 W. Jackson Blvd.

Authorities claim the bandit struck there last Monday about 1 p.m. He allegedly passed a note to the teller demanding cash and then ran northbound on Clark Street, police said. No weapon was displayed.

The bandit struck the same bank Nov. 13, according to the FBI. That same day, he attempted to rob a Chase branch at 2 N. LaSalle St., but for some reason fled without 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.

- Citibank, 222 W. Adams, on Oct. 10

- 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.

If convicted, he faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence, the FBI said.

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