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FBI Says 'Play Along Bandit' Robs Ninth Area Bank

By Alex Parker | January 18, 2015 8:43am
 The Play Along Bandit poses as a customer before robbing banks, the FBI says.
The Play Along Bandit poses as a customer before robbing banks, the FBI says.
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CHICAGO — The man authorities have dubbed the Play Along Bandit robbed a Kenwood bank Wednesday, the FBI said, the ninth bank he is suspected of robbing since October.

The man is nicknamed the Play Along Bandit because he poses as a customer before he robbing the bank.

On Wednesday about 10 a.m., he entered the BMO Harris branch at 901 E. 47th St. about 10 a.m., and approached the teller, demanding money, authorities said. He implied he had a weapon, but did not show one.

The teller complied, and the man made off with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured, police said.

According to the FBI, the man is about 5-foot-8 and between the ages of 25-30 and usually has his head covered during robberies.

He is also accused of robbing the following banks:

• Fifth Third Bank, 8140 S. Ashland Ave. on Oct. 28 at 10:42 a.m.;

• Citi Bank, 2000 W. 79th St., on Nov. 14 at 10:45 a.m.;

• First Merit Bank, 1715 W. 47th St., on Nov. 25 at 3:45 p.m.;

• Harris Bank, 1620 W. 95th St., on Dec. 6 at 10:04 a.m.;

• ABC Bank, 5645 West Corcoran Place, on Dec 20.;

• First American Bank, 1241 S. Wabash Ave. on Jan. 2;

• MB Financial, 1542 W. 47th St. on Jan. 8 at 4:41 p.m

Anyone with information should call the FBI at 312-421-6700.

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