The attempted bank robbery last Wednesday in Evergreen Park is the latest in a statistic the FBI hopes to stifle.
There have been 16 bank robberies in the Chicago area in 2015, the FBI reported. There were 192 reported in 2014. The record year was 2006 when 284 bank robberies were reported, the FBI said.
A spike in bank robberies during the winter months in fairly typical because bank robbers wearing masks and hoods don’t seem out of place, said FBI Special Agent Joan Hyde, the agency’s media coordinator.
The agency is continuing its investigation into the attempted robbery last Wednesday at U.S. Bank, 2917 W. 95th St.
The attempted robbery took place at 1:07 p.m., according to BanditTracker, an FBI-run website.
The armed offender was described as a black man in his early 20s who wore dark clothing and a black neoprene mask.
The offender displayed a handgun but left the bank without taking any cash, an FBI spokesman said.
The incident was described as a non-takeover attempted bank robbery in which no force was used to restrain bank employees or customers, the FBI said.
“We’re very interested in identifying that person,” Hyde said.
The attempted robbery is one of several throughout the Chicago area that the FBI is investigating. Others include:
Jan. 14, Oak Bank in Chicago;
Jan. 12, the First Merit Bank in Bolingbrook;
Jan. 10, U.S. Bank in Chicago;
Jan.9, Belmont Bank and Trust, in downtown Chicago;
Jan. 9, North Community Bank in Chicago;
Jan. 6, Chase Bank, North Riverside
Jan. 5, the First Saving Bank, Calumet City
Jan. 2, Bank of America, Addison
The FBI recently arrested suspects in the Belmont Bank and Trust and Chase Bank, Riverside branch, robberies, Hyde said.
First American Bank in Evergreen Park was robbed in September 2012 when a man walked into the branch, 3221 W. 87th St., pulled out a steel revolver and demanded money, the FBI said.
He made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Anyone with information about the any of the robberies is asked to call the FBI’s Chicago office at 312-421-6700.