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Man charged with Loop bank robbery, suspected of second

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Police believe this man robbed two banks in the Loop in about 10 minutes Wednesday morning, first a Chase Bank branch at 10 S. Dearborn St. and then a Citibank branch at 11 S. LaSalle St. / photos from FBI Police believe this man robbed two banks in the Loop in about 10 minutes Wednesday morning, first a Chase Bank branch at 10 S. Dearborn St. and then a Citibank branch at 11 S. LaSalle St. / photos from FBI
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A South Side man has been charged with one of two bank robberies that took place minutes apart in the Loop last week after a relative spotted a photo of him on a TV news broadcast.

Tracy Lee Wright, 38, of the 3500 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with one count of bank robbery, according to a statement from the FBI.

Wright entered the Chase Bank branch at 10 S. Dearborn St. about 8:40 a.m. June 11 and began writing on a withdrawal slip, according to the FBI. He then moved to a teller window, and after the teller asked for a debit card and ID, handed over a note saying, “I have a gun, give me $1,000.00 and don’t hit the button.”

After receiving the cash, Wright left the bank, according to a federal criminal complaint.

About five minutes later and two blocks away, a man entered the Citibank branch at 11 S. LaSalle St. and told an employee he wanted to make a withdrawal, according to the FBI. He again handed over a note demanding cash and threatening to kill the teller if they did not comply.

He told the bank employe to hurry and claimed to have a gun, according to the statement, then ran off after the teller handed him money.

According to the federal complaint, the robber got away with more than $9,000 in the second robbery.

No one was hurt during the robberies, authorities said.

A relative of Wright’s identified him as the robber of the Chase bank after seeing his photo on a news broadcast, according to the complaint. Later, a bank employee identified Wright as the robber in a photo lineup.

If convicted, Wright faces up to 20 years in prison.

He remains in federal custody pending his next court appearance, scheduled for June 23.

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