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Chicago's Most Wanted: The 'Bully Bandit'

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

He has been dubbed the Bully Bandit because of his confrontational attitude, which recently escalated. When we first profiled him on Chicago's Most Wanted in early 2013 he was suspected in six robberies. Now he may be responsible for a lot more.

New surveillance images provide us with a much better look at the Bully Bandit's face.

In the images clips, this individual is seen walking down an alley just prior to the robbery of the Chase Bank at 5620 West Belmont in Chicago on January 29th, and then running in the opposite direction just after the robbery. The video is particularly helpful because prior to this, he had done a very good job of concealing his identity. During the robberies he has used scarves to cover most of his face, and sometimes he has worn a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled tightly around his face.

FBI agents say has struck six more times since then -- the most recent robbery was May 2, 2013 at the Bank of America branch in Riverside at 3300 South Harlem. About three weeks before that, he's suspected of holding up the Chase bank at 2639 North Milwaukee in Chicago… Two weeks prior to that, the Plaza Bank at 5601 W. Belmont was robbed -- a bank agents say he had hit once before.

What concerns the FBI is that during the most recent robbery a handgun was shown for the first time. Prior to that agents say he had only implied that he had a weapon. So the aggression with this robber may be escalating, which means bank employees or customers could be in more danger if he's not caught before robbing another bank.

Agents believe he has committed 12 robberies. He is also believed on one occasion to have entered a bank, and rather than rob the bank, he robbed a customer who was standing in line waiting to see a teller.

Agents say they haven't seen a Chicago-area robber this prolific in quite some time.

Many of these robberies are on the city's west side and often times bank robbers will operate in areas where they are more familiar and more comfortable so this crook may live in that area. But agents are limiting their search and continue to seek the public's help, hoping a Fox 32 News viewer might recognize the bandit in the images.

The FBI is now offering up to $17,500 for information that helps to identity and arrest this individual.

Here is the FBI's description of the Bully Bandit:

--male Hispanic

--late 20's to early 30's

--about 5'8''

--medium build

--he has worn a mustache.

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

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