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A man, nicknamed the Ray-Bandit, has been arrested in Chicago after 17 bank robberies nationwide including in Upland in Glendora.
Jeremy Evans of Carol Stream, Ill. was nabbed last week in a car matching the description of one used during a holdup of a bank in Elgin.
Evans is believed to have absconded with more than $75,000 from 17 banks since last
At a glanceThe Ray-Bandit robbed the following banks this year, including those in grocery stores:
- July 30 - Community State Bank, Kenosha County, Wis.
- Aug. 8 - TCF, city unknown, Indiana (unsuccessful)
- Aug. 8 - Fifth Third Bank, Hammond, Ind, (grocery store bank)
- Aug. 20 - Wells Fargo Bank, Moline, Ill. (grocery store bank)
- Aug. 23 - First National Bank and Trust, Janesville, Wis.
- Aug. 30 - US Bank, Edwardsville, Ill. (grocery store bank)
- Aug. 30 - US Bank, Collinsville, Ill. (grocery store bank)
- Sept. 14 - Valley Bank, Bettendorf, Iowa (grocery store bank)
- Sept. 26 - American Bank and Trust, Milan, Ill.
- Oct. 10 - Bank of the West, Omaha, Neb.
- Nov. 1 - US Bank, Upland
- Nov. 26 - Chase Bank, Glendora
- Dec. 5 - BB&T, Mechanicsville, Va.
- Dec. 5 - Sun Trust, Mechanicsville, Va.
Source: The Federal Bureau of Investigation
He got his nickname from the Ray-Ban sunglasses he would wear during the robberies.
"We are confident he's responsible for these 17 (holdups), and that list may be growing," said Robert Ramsey, a senior supervisory special agent with the FBI's northern Indiana district.
On Nov. 1, the Ray-Bandit allegedly walked into a U.S. Bank inside a Vons grocery store and passed a note to a teller and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
No one was injured in the incident, Upland police Detective Don Dodt said.
A Chase Bank on South Grand Avenue in Glendora was hit on Nov. 26.
"We found out about the (bank robbery)in Glendora and then a few days later we learned he was in Virginia," Dodt said.
Evans is charged with one count of bank robbery and is jailed without bond. He was arrested Jan. 15.
His attorney, Donna Hickstein-Foley, hasn't returned a message seeking comment.
Authorities say the robbery spree began July 30 at the Community State Bank in Salem, Wis., followed by robberies the next month in the Indiana cities of Munster and Hammond. Then the bandit hit banks in Moline, Ill., Janesville, Wis., and the St. Louis suburbs of Collinsville and Edwardsville, Ill.
Similar robberies were reported in September in Bettendorf, Iowa, and Milan, Ill., then in October in Omaha, Neb. The spree stretched to California in November with bank holdups in Upland and Glendora before two banks were robbed the next month near Richmond, Va.
Ramsey said he didn't know what may have driven Evans to rob but authorities grew increasingly worried about the way the threats to tellers "really started to progress in a spectrum of violence."
During earlier robberies, the bandit handed a bank employee a note demanding money and suggesting he had a gun. Then he got bolder, and by the California holdups he insisted he had a bomb. During the Elgin heist that led to Evans' arrest, Ramsey said, the bandit actually displayed a firearm.
Staff Writer Beatriz Valenzuela and The Associated Press contributed to the report.