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posted: 12/9/2013 5:40 PM

Familiar bank robber strikes Bensenville

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  • Police and FBI officials are searching for this man, who they say robbed a Bensenville bank Monday morning.

    Police and FBI officials are searching for this man, who they say robbed a Bensenville bank Monday morning.
    courtesy of Bensenville Police


Officials believe a man suspected of robbing banks in Rolling Meadows and Wood Dale earlier this year has struck in Bensenville.

Police Chief Frank Kosman said officials believe the suspect, believed to be around 65 years old, demanded cash at 10:40 a.m. Monday at the Chase Bank at 123 W. Main St. The man also is suspected of having robbed several other area banks this year.

According to the FBI, the suspect is believed to have robbed a Charter One branch at 3901 Kirchoff Road in Rolling Meadows on April 19; a BMO Harris Bank at 130 E. Devon Ave. in Wood Dale on Feb. 15; and a Charter One Bank at 333 E. Irving Park Road in Wood Dale on Nov. 15.

Kosman said the village has increased police presence in the commercial areas during the holiday season.

"We're all looking for this guy," Kosman said.

Kosman said the man entered the bank, announced he was committing a robbery and demanded all the cash from the teller's drawer. He did not display a weapon but has shown a silver handgun in previous robberies.

The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money. The subject then left the bank and walked north along Addison Street.

The suspect was described as an unshaven white male who is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 150 to 170 pounds. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, thick glasses, blue jeans, and a gray scarf that partially covered his face.

Kosman said the same bank was robbed on April 2, 2012, but by a different suspect, who was quickly apprehended.

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact the FBI at (312) 421-6700 or Bensenville police at (630) 350-3455.

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