FBI offers reward for Chicago bank robber referred to as the ‘Stuffed Bear Bandit.’

The FBI is offering up to $1,000 for information that can help them arrest a suspect seen holding stuffed animals in a bank before an armed robbery.

The FBI has offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information about a suspect known as the “Stuffed Bear Bandit”, who is wanted by Chicago police after an bank robbery that occurred earlier this year.

The FBI reported that the unidentified suspect was between the ages of 40 and 50 when he robbed PNC Bank, located at 8700 South Cottage Grove Avenue, just before 3:30 pm on the 6th.

FOX32 Chicago, citing authorities, reported that the suspect entered the bank at least three times before committing the robbery.

According to an FBI photo, the suspect entered the bank first holding two plush animals. They appeared to be Winnie the Pooh’s plush dog and a puppy from Disney’s “101 Dalmatians”.

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The suspect entered the bank first holding two stuffed toys. Later, he returned with a firearm (FBI Chicago).

The FBI reported that the suspect, on his third visit to the bank, threw rocks at the teller’s window, threatened an employee and demanded money. He also allegedly brandished a firearm and pushed another employee to the floor.

According to the FBI, the unknown suspect is believed by them to be aged between 40 and fifty years.


The unidentified suspect was described wearing a black skullcap, black sunglasses and hooded jacket, along with blue jeans, brown shoes, and a black face mask.

The suspect is accused of threatening a bank employee in the armed robbery.

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The FBI is asking anyone with any information about the “Stuffed Bear Bandit”, to contact the Chicago Field Office by calling (312) 421-6700, or submit tips online at tips.fbi.gov.

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