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Chicago's Most Wanted: The Mummy Bandit

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The FBI said this bandit has hit banks three times in Chicago, and each time he has his face almost completely concealed, which led to his nickname "The Mummy Bandit."

This bank robber also has an unusual habit. At each bank, once he gets cash, he leaves behind odd items.

Agents say the crime spree started in late December 2012, when the man robbed the North Community Bank at Clark and Leland wearing what appeared to be a construction safety vest and a white scarf pulled up to just below his eyes. In that case he left behind a white plastic bucket, leading agents to believe at the time that he might have been a construction worker.

Agents said the bandit robbed the same bank again in early February 2013. He again wore what appeared to be the same white scarf to cover most of his face, and this time he left behind some very unusual items: a green baby moose beanie baby and a collectible baby duck toy, which was still in its original box. In addition he also left behind an empty box for a TV wall mount kit.

The third robbery was also at a North Community Bank, this one at Damen and Milwaukee late in the month of February. This time the bandit used a red scarf in place of the white scarf to keep his face obscured, and once again, he left things behind: an empty box for some track lighting, along with a bag of rock salt.

The bandit has shown no weapon and made no threat. He also has given no explanation for why he leaves behind the unusual items. All the robberies are considered "non-takeover" robberies, where the thief announces a robbery, takes the cash and leaves.

Because the man has done such a thorough job of disguising his identity, he's making the case difficult to crack.

Agents hope someone in the public recognizes the man's general appearance and clothing, and possibly the items he left behind.

The FBI is offering a reward for information that leads to the bandit's arrest.

The Mummy Bandit is described as:

  • White male
  • 27 to 30 years old
  • About 6'3''
  • About 230 pounds
  • In two of the robberies he was wearing a reflective safety vest

The Mummy Bandit is considered a danger to the community.

If you think you see him, you're asked to call police.

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