The Bandit Hat-Trick 

Three days, three bank robberies, three classic calling cards of the criminal underworld. The days were June 15 through 17. The banks, Washington Mutual on State (a popular target), Washington Mutual on Milwaukee and Bank of America at Fairview and Mitchell streets. The telltale signs were, in order of drama ...  (piano switches to ominous minor key) a blue bandana over the face ... a hood with eye-holes cut into it ... and--get ready for the triumphant major chord--a guy with both a moustache and a pony tail!

Bandana-boy was up first, hitting the State Street bank just before 4 p.m. on June 15. He is described as a white male in his 30s, approximately 5'8", 160 pounds and donning both curly collar-length hair and a few days' worth of stubble. He displayed a handgun, made a withdrawal and left the bank on foot.

Rat-tail-head was up next, and his flowing locks--described as "strawberry blond"--were apparently threatening enough that he didn't need a gun. Witnesses described him as in his 40s or 50s, and a compact 5'5" to 5'7", 150 to 170 pounds. He made his play with a note demanding money from the teller at the mall-area Washington Mutual, also on June 15.

Pillow-case-face went up to bat last, at half-past 3 p.m. on June 17. He also needed a gun to make him feel like a big man, and is described as a small man--5'9", 170 pounds and between 35-40 years old.

"But Collias, how could anyone tell his age with the mask? Did the pillow case's inferior thread count prove less opaque than the robber hoped?" No, silly. As the robber stepped into his black Jeep Cherokee with gold rims, he shed the prop and allowed a few witnesses to see him in all his redheaded glory.  

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