When we first profiled the ESPN bandit back in February, FBI agents suspected him of knocking over at least four banks in the Chicago area. His track record has gone up since then. Investigators say the ESPN bandit struck again robbing a Fifth Third bank in the 1700 block of North Harlem Avenue just a few days after his case was shown on Chicago's Most Wanted. They believe he's been laying low for the last seven months because his case was shown on television.
Regardless, agents have not given up their search for the bank robber they say tried to rob three Chicago banks in one day. They say the ESPN bandit attempted a bank robbery "hat rick" back on January 13th. Agents say it started with the ESPN bandit knocking over an Elmwood Park bank and getting away with just 500-dollars. Then, they say he tried to rob a Northlake bank just 90 minutes later. However, he left there empty-handed because he thought the bank teller was ignoring his demands when she walked away from the counter. The FBI's Ross Rice says, "In reality, she was walking over to the drive up window, which she was also working and was going to remove money from that drawer. He didn't realize that and thought she was just leaving. So he turned, took his note and left." Thirty minutes later, agents say he struck again, at a bank on Chicago's west side leaving that bank with a stash of cash.
Investigators have a good idea of what the ESPN bandit looks like based on bank security camera photos but have yet to identify him. That's why they want the public to take a good look at these photos. The FBI is also offering at ten thousand dollar reward for any information leading to the arrest of the serial bank robber who's known for wearing an ESPN baseball cap.
Here is what investigators say the ESPN bandit looks like. He is described as a white male, Around 50 years old, about 5' 6", with grey hair and wears an ESPN baseball cap.
He is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.