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Chicago's Most Wanted: Masked Bandit

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

This bank robber was captured by security cameras on both occasions wearing the same outfit, and it appears, the same mask.

The first incident was an attempted robbery at the TCF Bank branch at 79th Street and Cicero Avenue in Burbank, Ill. in the late afternoon on Dec. 11, 2013.

The man walked in, displayed a handgun that he carried in a jacket pocket, announced the robbery, but then left without getting any cash.

Then on Christmas Eve morning, FBI agents say, the same man succeeded in robbing the First Merit Bank at 1715 West 47th Street in Chicago.

Just as in the earlier attempted robbery, he showed the teller a handgun that had been concealed in the pocket of his jacket.

In the pictures the man appears to be wearing the same hooded jacket, and a mask of some sort that doesn't do much to cover his face.

The FBI believes the mask is either a hospital mask or a dust particle mask, the type often worn by construction workers.

While the mask might indicate the type of work this man might do, either something in the healthcare field or construction, it's possible he works in neither field.

Regardless, his face is still very visible and agents believe someone who knows who this man could easily identify him. One of pictures seems to show a distinctive scar on the man's cheeks.

Anytime someone is willing to show a gun during the course of a robbery it poses a threat to bank employees and customers. The concern is what might happen the next time. If something were to go wrong, the situation could escalate and someone could get shot.

The FBI is offering a reward for information that helps it identify and arrest this man.

Here is the FBI's description of this week's Chicago's Most Wanted suspect:

--black male

--50 to 60 years old

--about 6' 2"

--180 pounds

--there appears to be some scarring on both cheeks

--wore a black hat under a black hooded jacket

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