Suspect in ‘Benchwarmer bandit’ bank robberies caught after Loop heist

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A man suspected in six bank was arrested in the Near North Side Tuesday afternoon not long after robbing a bank in the Loop, authorities said.

The man, believed to be the Benchwarmer Bandit, was arrested near Chicago and Wabash Avenues, not long after the robbery of a Fifth Third Bank at 1 S. Dearborn St. about 3 p.m., according to the FBI.

The FBI’s Bandit Tracker website identified the arrested man as a suspect in six robberies tied to the Benchwarmer Bandit, including today’s, dating back to March 16. A $5,000 reward for the robber’s capture has been offered by the FBI.

The man entered the Fifth Third Bank just after 3 p.m., wearing a hoodie and carrying a backpack, and passed a note to a teller, said FBI Chicago spokeswoman Special Agent Joan Hyde.

The man fled the scene on foot with cash. No gun was shown in the robbery, and no one was injured, she said.

Chicago Police arrested a suspect who matched the description of the the robber not long after, in the area of Chicago and Wabash avenues, Hyde said.

In recent weeks, the Benchwarmer Bandit has struck banks mostly on the North Side, most recently a Citbank branch at 111 W. Jackson St. on April 8. The man also is suspected in four North Side robberies in March:

  • A Citibank branch, 3128 N. Ashland Avenue, about 10:10 a.m. on March 29.
  • A TCF Bank branch, 2940 N. Ashland Ave. at 9:37 a.m. on March 24, according to the FBI.
  • A TCF Bank branch, 4355 N. Sheridan Rd., at 9:02 a.m. on March 21.
  • And a TCF Bank branch, 3531 N. Broadway at 9:45 a.m. on March 16.

-Chicago Tribune reporting



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