An Elmhurst bank was the target Monday in a string of robberies by a heavyset white male known to the FBI as "The TCF Bandit."
FBI officials say the suspect entered the TCF Bank in a Jewel-Osco grocery store at 153 E. Shiller Ave. at about 11 a.m. and handed the bank teller a note implying that he had a weapon.
The technique is similar to the one used by a man sought for at least 10 robberies committed since February of 2007 in far west Chicago and the near-western suburbs.
The teller's description of the suspect also matches security images of previous thefts attributed to The TCF Bandit.
"We believe there is a strong likelihood that it's the same individual," said FBI special agent spokesman Frank Bochte.
The most recent bank robbery attributed to the TCF Bandit was a Charter One Bank in Norridge on Aug. 5.