A man with a small build and heavy concealed with a wig, sunglasses and bulky clothing is likely the same man that robbed a Cary Chase Bank, and TCF banks in Jewel-Osco stores in Huntley and Arlington Heights.
At the first bank robbery in Cary at Chase Bank, the offender appeared to be inspired by the Cousin Itt character in the the 1960s television series the Addams Family, but in the Huntley bank robbery at the TCF/Jewel-Osco, and the Arlington Heights bank robbery at the TCF/Jewel-Osco; the offender appeared to be inspired by the style of A&E reality show Duck Dynasty. Either way, the cold weather gives opportunity for bank robbers to blend in with cold weather attire that most people are wearing this time of year.
There has been a recent spike in bank robberies during this cold weather season with six bank robberies reported from December 7, 2017 to December 14, 2017. However, the recent annual trend has actually dropped in total Chicagoland by 47 bank robberies from the same time periods compared for 2017 and 2016 (January 1 to December 14). The suburbs dropped 14 bank robberies, and the City of Chicago dropped 33 bank robberies.
In separate studies, not currently provided by the FBI, carjackings have spiked in 2017 — surpassing, by mid-October 2017, the 2016 entire year carjacking figure of 663.
Bank Robberies 2016, 2017 Compared
Jan 1 thru Dec. 14, 2016, there were 105 bank robberies in the suburbs and 82 in the City of Chicago. On this date (Dec. 14) total: 187
Jan 1 thru Dec. 14, 2017 there have been 91 bank robberies in the suburbs and 49 in the City of Chicago: 2017 Year to date total: 140
— Special Agent Garrett H. Croon
In the latest bank robbery in Arlington Heights, the offender approached a teller at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday December 13, 2017 at the TCF Bank inside the Jewel-Osco store, 1860 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. After taking an undisclosed amount of money he walked out of the large grocery store, located near Golf Road and Arlington Heights Road, and slipped away.
The man did not display a weapon, but law enforcement authorities warn that bank robbers should be considered armed and dangerous.
2017 Serial Bank Robber Hits
Dec. 1, 2017 2:56 PM — Chase Bank, 300 Northwest Highway, Cary
Dec. 10 2017 3:45 PM — TCF Bank, 13200 Village Green Drive, Huntley.
Dec. 13 2017 6:47 PM — TCF Bank, 1860 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights
The similarity of the suspect in the three bank robberies, as evaluated by surveillance video images, shows that the suspect is between 5’8” and 5’10” with a small build, and a light complexion. In all three cases he wore a black, long-haired wig.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of the suspect, according to FBI Special Agent Garrett H. Croon.
Citizens with information are urged to call the FBI’s Chicago office at 312-421-6700.
Citizens that see a suspect matching the description real time, especially near a bank or Jewel-Osco, are urged to call 9-1-1.
Cary bank robbery suspect at the Cary Chase Bank, 300 Northwest Highway on December 1, 2017.
Huntley Serial Bank Robber at the TCF Bank Sunday December 10, 2017.
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Bank Robber TCF Arlington Heights December 13 2017.
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