Monday, December 7, 2009

New bank robbery by alleged "TCF Bandit" -- Elmhurst, IL

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.

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