Tuesday, April 25, 2017

North Side Bank Robber Look-Alike Walks Free

Michael Weimer (right) was stopped after a "concerned citizen" thought he looked like a wanted bank robber (left)
UPDATE MAY 1, 2017: Weimer has now been charged with bank robbery — but not before he managed to rob yet another bank, the FBI says. Story here. Our original story follows.
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It's good news, bad news for Michael Weimer.

The good news is that the FBI told Chicago police to "only pursue local charges" after cops stopped him on a tip that Weimer looks like the guy who's been robbing North Side TCF Bank branches lately.

The bad news is a lot of people think he looks like the bank robber and, well, he was allegedly carrying narcotics and drug paraphernalia when cops stopped him last week on a tip that he was the wanted man.

A "concerned citizen" reported seeing a man who looks like the bank robber walking near Irving Park and Broadway late last Monday.

Cops stopped Weimer nearby for questioning and recovered the contraband during a search, police said. Weimer is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

But, after that matter was tidied up, Weimer was released to resume his life.

He may want to consider a makeover because he looks a lot like a wanted man.
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