- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

WOOD DALE, Ill. (AP) - A 62-year-old suburban Chicago man authorities suspect robbed as many as nine Chicago area banks in the last 18 months was charged with armed robbery in federal court on Friday.

Edward Klich of Rolling Meadows was arrested Thursday a short time after he allegedly robbed a US Bank in Wood Dale. At the time of his arrest, he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a scarf covering much of his face, said Wood Dale Police Chief Greg Vesta. His dress, worn in other alleged robberies, resulted in the suspect being dubbed the “hooded bandit.”

Charged in that robbery, the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (https://bit.ly/1qQfl3d ) reported Friday that Klich is also a suspect in robberies of banks in Rolling Meadows, Bensenville and a bank in Elk Grove Village.

“I’m very pleased that we can tell these bank employees that the guy who has been traumatizing them for the last year and a half is behind bars,” Vesta said. “A bank robbery is a horrible, traumatic experience that no one should have to face.”

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