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Hooded Bandit strikes again in Bensenville

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  • The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the "Hooded Bandit," suspected of at least five robberies since February 2013.

      The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the "Hooded Bandit," suspected of at least five robberies since February 2013.
    Photo Courtesy of the FBI

  • The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the "Hooded Bandit," suspected of at least five robberies since February 2013.

      The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the "Hooded Bandit," suspected of at least five robberies since February 2013.
    Photo Courtesy of the FBI

  • The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the "Hooded Bandit," suspected of at least five robberies since February 2013.

      The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the "Hooded Bandit," suspected of at least five robberies since February 2013.
    Photo Courtesy of the FBI

 
 

The Hooded Bandit -- suspected of robbing five banks in Rolling Meadows, Wood Dale and Bensenville in the past year -- has struck again in Bensenville, authorities said.

About 4:20 p.m. Monday, a man entered the Chase Bank branch at 133 West Grand Ave. and made a "quiet but threatening demand" for money, according to an FBI news release. After receiving cash from the teller, the robber left the bank on foot.

Authorities say the Hooded Bandit is a white male, 50 to 65 years old, weighing approximately 165 pounds. While he has kept his head covered during all of his robberies, witnesses have described him as having gray facial hair.

He did not display a weapon during Monday's robbery, but he was armed with a silver handgun during the first robbery he is believed to have committed. That occurred more than a year ago at a BMO Harris Bank branch in Wood Dale.

Before Monday's heist, police said, the bandit is suspected of robbing the Chase Bank at 123 W. Main St. in Bensenville in early December.

According to the FBI, the suspect is also believed to have robbed a Charter One branch at 3901 Kirchoff Road in Rolling Meadows on April 19, 2013; a BMO Harris Bank at 130 E. Devon Ave. in Wood Dale on Feb. 15 2013; and a Charter One Bank at 333 E. Irving Park Road in Wood Dale on Nov. 15, 2013.

FBI officials Tuesday also restated the bureau's reward offer of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the Hooded Bandit.

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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