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FBI offers $5K reward for info on Willowbrook bank robbery suspect

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 1:15 p.m. CDT
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Surveillance video image of Joseph Anderson, suspected of being involved in recent bank robberies in Willowbrook, Norridge and Palos Hills.

WILLOWBROOK – Investigators suspect the man involved in a bank robbery Monday morning in Willowbrook also is responsible for bank robberies that happened in Norridge and Palos Hills in April, and a reward is being offered for anyone who can provide information leading to his arrest.

At 9:45 a.m. Monday, officers were called to the Bank of America branch at 6300 Kingery Highway in Willowbrook for a bank robbery that had occurred.

Similar to the bank robberies in Norridge and Palos Hills, the suspect made a verbal demand for money and threatened to harm the bank personnel if his request was not met. He was wearing a White Sox cap; glasses; a dark, zippered, hooded sweatshirt; and blue jeans.

FBI investigators believe the suspect is Joseph Anderson, 32, of the north side of Chicago, according to the release.

Anderson previously was charged with a criminal complaint of bank robbery that was filed in connection with an incident that happened April 29 at the Bank of America branch in Norridge, 8422 W. Lawrence Ave, the release stated.

Investigators allege that Anderson entered the bank and approached a teller. He allegedly made a request for money and said he would blow up the bank if the teller did not comply with the request.

After receiving the money, police allege Anderson left the bank on foot.

Investigators identified Anderson after a hotel employee saw the surveillance photos on a social media site and recognized the suspect as a former guest at the hotel.

Anderson also is believed to have been involved in the bank robbery at the Bank of America branch, 10260 Roberts Road in Palos Hills, on April 19.

A reward of as much as $5,000 is being offered for anyone who can provide information leading to his arrest. Anyone with information about his location is encouraged to call the FBI at 312-421-6700.

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