Police believe that the man who robbed a Riverside bank late Thursday morning is the same person who robbed the same bank in 2013.
He even wore the same clothes.
On Nov. 13 about 11:25 a.m., the man the FBI calls the “Bully Bandit” walked into Bank of America, 3300 Harlem Ave., wearing a blue Chicago Bears hooded sweatshirt and a bandana that covered half his face.
He approached a teller and implied he had a handgun, ordering the teller to hand over cash. After being given an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber exited the bank and was last seen fleeing the scene on foot southbound on Harlem Avenue.
Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said law enforcement officials are checking all businesses in the area for additional video evidence. The robbery was captured by surveillance cameras inside the bank.
As of 1:15 p.m., the bank was still closed. Riverside police have turned over the robbery investigation to the FBI, which almost immediately identified the offender as the Bully Bandit, who is suspected committing 16 bank robberies in Chicago, Berwyn and Riverside since November 2012.
He is suspected of robbing the same Bank of America branch in Riverside on May 2, 2013. In that incident, he reportedly loudly announced the robbery and displayed a revolver, ordering the teller to give him all the cash or he would “start shooting.”
In both incidents there were other customers inside the bank. No one was injured in either incident.
The Bully Bandit is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5-foot-7, with a mustache and a medium build. His bottom teeth have gold caps, according to a description on the FBI’s BanditTrackerChicago.com website. In both of the Riverside robberies he wore what appears to be the same Bears hooded sweatshirt.
He earned his nickname by “scream[ing] threats to bank employees and customers while demanding cash from the bank employees,” according to the FBI.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $17,500 for information leading to the Bully Bandit’s capture.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Riverside police at 708-447-2127 or the FBI at 312-421-6700.