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Chicago FBI Seeks ‘Swine Flu’ Bandit

The Chicago FBI is searching for a man they have nicknamed the “Swine Bandit” who they say was involved in at least five Chicago-area bank robberies since September.

During two of the five robberies, the man allegedly told bank employees was recovering from “swine flu” when he entered the buildings wearing a mask, the FBI said. “He’s walked into the banks wearing either a surgical mask or a painter’s mask, and I think on one occasion he had medical gauze wrapped around his face,” a Chicago FBI spokeswoman.

The most recent robberies took place September 18, in Bridgeport at a Federal Savings Bank at 2869 S. Archer Ave. and another in the West Loop at a Chase Bank located at 1130 S. Canal St. Witnesses at both locations said the man entered the branches, approached the counter with a gun and demanded money. In both robberies he fled on foot, according to the FBI.

The man is also suspected of robbing a Hyde Park Chase Bank at 1204 E. 53rd St. September 2, a South Loop Charter One Bank at 2131 S. China Pl. September 8 and a Chase Bank in Munster, Indiana September 8. The bandit is described as being between 25 and 35 years old, approximately 5 ft, 6” with black hair and brown eyes according to a release.