FBI: North Side Man Wanted in Suburban Bank Heists

By Tanveer Ali on May 13, 2013 2:58pm 

 The FBI believes the man caught on surveillance tape robbing a suburban Bank of America branch is 32-year-old Joseph Anderson, from the North Side of Chicago.
The FBI believes the man caught on surveillance tape robbing a suburban Bank of America branch is 32-year-old Joseph Anderson, from the North Side of Chicago.
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CHICAGO — The FBI is looking for a North Side man believed to have told a suburban Bank of America teller he'd "blow up the bank" if he didn't give him money.

Joseph Anderson, 32, was charged Monday with bank robbery in connection with an April 29 heist of the Bank of America branch at 8422 W. Lawrence Ave. in Norridge.

Though he wasn't charged in other robberies, authorities believe he was also responsible for a Monday morning robbery at a Bank of America in Willowbrook and an April 19 heist at a Bank of America in Palos Hills.

Surveillance footage from the Norridge robbery shows a man with a goatee and light complexion wearing a white Chicago White Sox baseball cap and a white-hooded jacket with the Michael Jordan insignia, the FBI said. He was also wearing a grey T-shirt, blue jeans and silver-frame glasses with light-brown tinted lenses.

"Listen to me very carefully," the man allegedly told a teller in a low voice, according to the criminal complaint. "You're going to give me all your hundreds and fifties. Don't press any buttons otherwise you're going to have a really bad day. I'm going to blow this place up."

The teller retrieved the bills from the drive-through teller's window and handed the bills to the robber, according to the complaint.

He walked out with $14,650 in cash, the complaint said.

Authorities determined Anderson was the suspect after a manager at a Chicago-area hotel saw an image of the robber on social media and identified him as someone who had stayed at his hotel, the complaint said.

Based on hotel surveillance and a photo array shown to the bank teller, authorities determined Anderson was the suspect.

Anderson is 5-foot-4 and weighs 145 pounds, according to FBI arrest records. In a release, the FBI said Anderson "was last known to reside on the north side of Chicago".

Anyone with information on Anderson's whereabouts should call the Chicago branch of the FBI at (312) 421-6700.

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