“Close to double what we had in the prior year,” said FBI Special Agent Joan Hyde.
WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports, while people often look for a way to explain a spike in bank robberies, Hyde said it’s not often tied to a greater issue, like the economy.
“That just doesn’t play out. Typically the bank robbers are motivated by their need for money for a drug habit, or gambling debts,” she said.
Hyde explained there were a number of serial bank robbers this year, which helps bump up the number of bank robberies.
Once those suspects are captured, they lead to solving a number of other cases.
This year’s bank robbery total is the most since 2006, when there were 284 such heists in the Chicago area.