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Spiderman-masked robber highlights recent strange robberies

March 01, 2013|By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy | RedEye

A man robbing convenience stores on Chicago's Northwest Side in a red-and-blue Spider-Man ski mask is not the only strange disguise that's been used in recent robberies, but he's the most prolific.

After the man committed his third robbery last week, police were able to link him to a fourth robbery from Jan. 24 at a 7-Eleven that he later robbed again, according to reports. The suspect wore a blue hooded sweatshirt and carried a handgun, and in at least one of the robberies, had a scarf over his mouth.

On Feb. 22, a man dressed in "a construction outfit and a safety vest," as described by FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde to the Tribune, held up the North Community Bank at 1555 N. Damen in Wicker Park, though no gun was ever displayed. He made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Another oddly costumed robber, Navahcia Edwards, was recently convicted of a robbery from May 2011 in which she held up a south suburban bank in a nun costume and made off with $120,000 in cash. According to reports, she was inspired by the 2010 bank-robbing film, "The Town," and faces up to 25 years in prison at her sentencing May 1.

Lastly, a bank in North Chicago was held up earlier this month by a 73-year-old man who had previously been convicted of a 1998 bank robbery and told the teller he had only 6 months to live.

Reports indicate that Walter Unbehaun of Rock Hill, S.C., allegedly approached the counter at the BMO Harris Bank in Niles with a note written on a transaction slip before declaring the robbery. The teller said he told her, "This is a holdup. I have nothing to lose," and then revealed a silver handgun in his waistline. After making off with a little more than $4,000 in cash, Unbehaun was arrested in North Chicago.

He remains in jail pending proceedings, which have not been scheduled.

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