Most of us know that crime doesn't pay. Nearly two dozen Chicago bank robbers found that out the hard way this year.
From bank robbers and drug dealers to murderers and even a financial con artist that describes the long list of fugitives Chicago FBI agents tracked down this year.
In total, thirty fugitives are no longer on the run and the bulk of them are bank robbers. This year, FBI agents arrested 19 bank robbers, the TCF bandit. He was among the bureau's number two "Most Wanted" fugitive for 2010. Agents arrested the "TCF bandit" in March. They believe he robbed as many as 13 banks.
Other bank robbing bandits Chicago police and FBI agents nabbed this year include the Citibank bandit, the Einstein bandit, ridge road robber, double dip bandit, over the hill bandit, c note bandit, the three-peat bandit, and swine flu bandit.
Despite all those colorful names, your most interesting bank robbery arrest happened in April. That's when agents arrested a trio of bank robbers, two of which were convicted of pulling off the famed Marlborough diamond heist in London in the 1980's. , Jerry Scalise, Robert Pullia and Arthur Rachael were arrested in April, and charged with planning to rob a bank in La Grange. They are also suspected of robbing another Lagrange bank back in July of 2007
Tips from Chicago's Most Wanted viewers helped crack two of these bank robbery cases. That includes the B.C. or "Belmont and Central" bandit. A viewer tip also led to the arrest of Eduardo Velazquez -- a Chicago man who was on the run for allegedly running an investment scheme out of his west loop apartment. Investigators say the viewer recognized Velazquez when he was profiled on Chicago's Most Wanted.
Robert Grant is the Special Agent in charge of the FBI's Chicago Bureau. He says "viewer tips", or help from the public, play an important role in solving almost all of their cases. He also says help from those of you who watch "Chicago's Most Wanted" helped make 2010 to be a "very productive" year for the Chicago FBI.
Also this year, agents netted arrests in some big drug and murder cases. Among them, is Carlos Vigneri. When he was arrested him in September, less than a week after he was profiled on Chicago's Most Wanted, investigators say Vigneri had a printout of his CMW profile from WFLD-TV's website on him. Vigneri was wanted on federal drug charges.
After seven years on the run, murder suspect Sherry Halligan was arrested in July. She was profiled on Chicago's Most Wanted back in 2007. Halligan was wanted for killing her boyfriend in 2003. She's one of the FBI's longest and most sought murder fugitives
Here are the top three cases for Chicago's Most Wanted in 2011:
Number Three: Whoever's responsible for kidnapping two Chicago men and a 13 year old boy outside their Southside home in 2007. One of the men and the boy were later found shot to death in Oxbow Park in Hammond. The other man survived.
Number Two: Benito Casanova. He is wanted for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Sophia Garcia, 2008. Investigators say he then fled to Mexico with Garcia's three children. In 2009, police found the kids in Mexico and safely returned them back to Chicago. Casanova is still on the run.
Number One: Corey Frierson. He's been on the run since Christmas 2009. FBI agents say that's when he and two other masked men robbed a Country Club Hills bank, armed with Uzi's.
All of these suspects are considered armed and dangerous.
If you have information about any of these cases, call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.
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