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Chicago's Most Wanted: Straw Hat Bandit

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

This bank robber made sure to check his stash of cash before he got home and when he did, he realized there had been a tracking device placed in it with the money, which he promptly discarded, leaving a cold trail for police and the FBI.

The robbery happened on July 31, 2012 at the Bank of America branch on North Milwaukee Avenue near Bryn Mawr. A middle-aged man wearing a straw hat walked into the bank, handed the teller a note demanding money and made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

There was no direct threat of violence, but there clearly was an implied threat. After handing over the note, the robber lifted up his shirt to reveal a handgun that was tucked in his waistband. This also provided a good view of his belt buckle, which was silver or gray in color, and square-shaped, about three inches wide and three inches high

The robber is believed to have fled northwest on Milwaukee Avenue. Police followed the tracking device and found it lying on the sidewalk on Peterson Avenue a few blocks west of Milwaukee. The robber was no where to be found. The FBI if offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to his arrest.

Here is the FBI's description of the robber:

Hispanic male in his 50's.

About 5' 7'' with brown hair.

He was wearing a straw cowboy hat and a large silver or gray belt buckle and carried a handgun.

He is considered armed and dangerous, if you see him, you are asked to call police.

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