From Bank Robbers to Stars of the Internet

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CHICAGO -- Bank robbers love being obscure. The last thing they want is to find themselves stars of the Internet. Chicago's FBI-led violent crimes task force, however, is launching a Web site designed to give bank robbers the prominence they deserve.

FBI special agent in charge Robert Grant said yesterday that the site will feature shots of robbers taken by bank video cameras and other face shots of robbers.

[See below this story for a link to the website]

Grant told a news conference getting the faces of bank robbers before the public is likely to produce tips for agents investigating holdups. He says it will also alert bank workers to robbers who may be lurking around them.

The Web site is being developed by the task force and Electronic Tracking Systems of Dallas. Similar sites have been launched in other parts of the country. The first was in 2007 by Electronic Tracking Systems for the FBI and the North Texas Crime Commission.

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