Saturday, March 29, 2014

BALLSY: Benchwarmer Bandit Robs 4th Bank In 13 Days; FBI Reclaims Bank Robbery Domain From GoDaddy

In your face, Federales!

Despite a $5,000 bounty being offered for his arrest, a prolific bank robber struck again in Lake View this morning — his fourth bank heist in 13 days.

He didn't even bother to cover his face this time.

The so-called "Benchwarmer Bandit," who made his bank robbery debut with a hold-up at the TCF bank inside of Boystown's Jewel-Osco store on March 16, passed a note to a teller at the Citibank branch, 3128 N. Ashland, around 10:15 this morning.

Today's robbery was his first to not target a TCF branch inside of a Jewel-Osco store.

On Monday, he held up the TCF that's located inside of the Jewel just a block away from this morning's hold-up.

Witnesses and surveillance image review helped police develop this description today: Hispanic man in his early-to-mid-20's with a slim build. He wore a black ski cap and a blue hoodie that has the word "Chicago" printed on the front with red letters that are outlined in white. He had gray jeans and dark gym shoes with white soles and is said to be "unshaven" today.

He was last seen southbound on Ashland.

Saturday FBI Project: Re-Up Bank Robbery Domain With GoDaddy

Issues linger after the FBI failed to renew its Bandit Tracker
domain name with GoDaddy this week.
Investigators ran into a snag when they tried to update the FBI's Chicago area bank robbery website with information about this morning's hold-up.

The bureau's ownership of the BanditTrackerChicago.com address expired on Thursday and visitors were being offered the opportunity to buy the domain from web registrar GoDaddy for $12.99

One can only imagine the scene as agents wrestled over who would expense the nearly-$13 registration fee in order to get their pride and joy back online.

Bandit Tracker went live again shortly after 2PM, but there are ongoing issues with images and other fine points.
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