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FBI offers $10,000 reward for ‘Bully Bandit’

Surveillance pho'Bully Bandit' suspected committing four bank robberies around Chicago last two weeks. / phofrom FBI

Surveillance photo of the "Bully Bandit," suspected of committing four bank robberies in and around Chicago in the last two weeks. / photo from the FBI

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Updated: January 16, 2013 6:07AM

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for a bank robber dubbed the “Bully Bandit” because he’s been aggressive with bank employees and customers during a series of holdups.

The man has robbed four banks in the Chicago area over a two-week period. During the course of some robberies, he has pushed customers out of his way to get to the teller window or to get out the door after getting cash. To date he has neither displayed a weapon, nor have any injuries been reported, according to the FBI.

The robber first struck on Nov. 28 at a North Community Bank branch at 1600 W. Chicago. In that case and three other robberies, he approached the teller window and demanded cash in a shouting, threatening manner, according to the FBI office.

He is also believed to have struck a Chase Bank branch twice in a week. The branch at 4440 W. North was robbed on Nov. 30 and again by the same person six days later on Dec. 6. The latest robbery occurred on Dec. 11 at the PNC Bank branch at 6620 W. Ogden, in Berwyn.

Each time, the robber has worn a black jacket with a black hoodie underneath. He wears the hood pulled over his head and cinched tight around his face in an effort to conceal his identity. Witnesses report he kept the strings that tighten the hood in his mouth.

The “Bully Bandit” is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s to early 30s with black hair, brown eyes and a mustache, and is 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8 with a medium build. Anyone with information should call the FBI at (312) 421-6700.

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