Thursday, October 7, 2021

FBI Offers Reward for Bank Robber Known as the "Bicycle Bandit"

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

Bridgeport, Brighton Park, McKinley Park and Back of the Yards are neighborhoods considerably east of the Southwest Chicago Post's coverage area. But a lot of SWCP readers have friends, relatives and co-workers over that way--so it may be that someone somewhere knows who this bank robber is.

This serial criminal has been dubbed the Bicycle Bandit by the FBI's Chicago Office because he typically uses a bicycle as his getaway vehicle. True story.

He hasn't struck in a few weeks, but he remains at large. Here are crimes he is suspected of committing:

• Brighton Park Community Bank, 4334 S. Kedzie, at 4:27 p.m. July 27. He wore a white mask, a checkered button-down shirt, light-colored pants and dark shoes.

• Byline Bank, 1947 W. 35th St., at 2:45 p.m. August 2. He wore dark sunglasses, a white mask and a red shirt.

• Royal Bank, 2869 S. Archer, at 3:37 p.m. August 13. He wore a dark mask, a checkered button-down shirt, dark-colored pants and dark shoes.

• Royal Bank, 1823 W. 47th St., at 4:03 pm. September 17. He wore a dark mask, a blue button-down shirt, dark-colored pants and dark shoes.

The Bicycle Bandit has been described as a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-9 with a medium build, with black hair.

He should be considered armed and dangerous, so do not try to apprehend him yourself.

The FBI is offering a reward for information leading directly to the arrest and conviction of this bank robber. Report tips to (312) 421-6700 or

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