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Man arrested after robbery may be Benchwarmer Bandit

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man arrested shortly after a bank robbery in the Loop on Tuesday is believed to be the Benchwarmer Bandit, suspected by the FBI of at least five other bank jobs.

The man passed a threatening note to an employee at the Fifth Third Bank branch at 1 S. Dearborn Ave. about 3 p.m., then ran out with an undisclosed amount of cash, FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde said.

No weapon was displayed and no one was hurt, she said. He was described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-4 with a thin build, wearing a dark green hoodie, blue jeans and black gym shoes, and carrying a red backpack.

Chicago Police saw a person matching his description a short time later, and arrested him at Chicago and Wabash avenues, Hyde said.

According to the FBI, the suspect in custody is believed to be the Benchwarmer Bandit, responsible for at least five other bank robberies on the North Side and in the Loop in the last month.

The Benchwarmer Bandit is suspected of the following robberies:

— 9:45 a.m. March 16 at the TCF Bank branch at 3531 N. Broadway;

— 9:02 a.m. March 21 at the TCF Bank branch at 4355 N. Sheridan;

— 9:37 a.m. March 24 at the TCF Bank Branch at 2940 N. Ashland;

— 10:07 a.m. March 29 at the Citibank branch at 3128 N. Ashland;

— 8:22 a.m. April 8 at the Citibank branch at 111 W. Jackson.

Charges had not yet been filed as of late Tuesday.

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