A Bronzeville man was arrested this morning and charged with robbing two Loop banks of more than $10,000 last week, according to the FBI.
Tracy Lee Wright, 38, was arrested this morning at his home in the 3500 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, after two people who saw surveillance photos of the robberies tipped off the FBI that Wright might be the robber, according to an affidavit filed in the case. Wright appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier this morning and was ordered held until his next court date June 23, according to a release from the FBI.
Wright is charged with bank robbery in the theft about 8:45 a.m. June 11 of $9,067 from a Citibank branch at 11 S. LaSalle Street, and is suspected in a robbery at a Chase Bank branch at 10 S. Dearborn St. about five minutes earlier about a block away, according to the complaint.
The robber walked into the Chase Bank and stood near a teller window, looking around. When a Chase teller asked the man if he needed help, the man replied he wanted to make a withdrawal, and the employee replied the man would need to show his identification and debit card. The man then walked to a customer service island and wrote something, then walked back to the teller window, according to the complaint.
The teller asked for I.D. and the man’s debit card, but the man replied “Can I give you a note?” and handed the teller a note that read “I have a gun, give me $1,000 don’t hit the button.”
The teller gave the man $1,000, and he left.
Minutes later, a man who looked like the robber of the Chase Bank went into the Citibank on LaSalle and a Citibank teller saw him writing at a small desk in the middle of the lobby. The teller asked the man if he needed help, and he walked up to the teller and replied, “I do need to do a withdrawal.”
The man then handed the teller a closed note which read “I need $15,000. If you pull something I will kill you.”
As the teller read the note, the robber said “You have to hurry up! You have to hurry up! I have a gun! You’re slow! You have to hurry up!”
The teller gave the robber $9,067 and he fled.
The day of the bank robbery, someone called the FBI and identified Wright as the robber. Another witness called the FBI on Thurday and also identified Wright as the robber, according to the complaint.
Tellers at the two banks were able to pick out Wright’s photo from photos of several other people, and police records showed Wright lived on Cottage Grove Avenue, according to the FBI. This morning, members of the FBI arrested Wright at his home, according to the FBI.
-Chicago Tribune Reporting