Robbers struck at two banks in different parts of Chicago within hours today, bringing the total number of bank heists to at least 170 for the year in the area, federal officials said.
The heists appeared to involve different suspects, based on physical descriptions.
The first robbery occurred around 8 a.m. when a masked man walked into Archer Bank Central, 5821 S. Archer Ave., and announced a robbery, according to the FBI. The man, who was armed with a handgun and described as tall and slim, took off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The second report came in about three hours later at a Chase Bank branch at 5813 N. Milwaukee Ave. A shorter man, roughly 5 feet 5 inches tall and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, came into the bank and implied he had a weapon.
The suspect did not show a weapon, and he left after getting an unknown amount of cash.
FBI spokeswoman Cynthia Yates said bank robberies in the Chicago region in 2008 are on pace to fall below last year's total of 226 bank heists. There were a record-breaking 284 bank robberies in the area in 2006.
from the Trib