American Greed 4: Meth Identity Thieves | The Wheaton Bandit

Case File

Meth Identity Thieves & the Wheaton Bandit
It's a new crime wave rippling across the west -- thieves are committing identity theft to fund their meth addictions. Victims are robbed, but the thief takes more than money. The victim's identity is stolen, too. In our second case: Wheaton, Illinois is considered a nice place to raise a family, but a shadow hangs over this affluent Chicago suburb. A serial bank robber is armed and ready for a fight.

Case 1: Meth Identity Thieves

  • ID Theft
  • A crime is committed -- a wallet is stolen. But the thief takes more than just money... the victim's identity is stolen, too.
  • The Criminals
  • The criminals are high on methamphetamines. Identity thieves fueled by the illegal stimulant are running rampant across America's west.
  • The Detective
  • A new breed of detective is on the case. Criminal Fraud Investigators are out on the streets -- tracking and arresting suspects.
  • The Investigation
  • "American Greed" talks with the victims, and profiles the criminals and the new breed of detectives tracking them down.

Case 2: The Wheaton Bandit

  • The Town
  • Wheaton, Illinois - considered a nice place to raise a family. But a shadow hangs over this affluent Chicago suburb. A serial bank robber is armed and ready for a fight.
  • The Bandit
  • He's bold, fast and wields a weapon with precision. He always wears a tactical mask and at times body armor. He's "The Wheaton Bandit."
  • The Robbery
  • His strikes are unpredictable. He eludes police and leaves few clues behind. But most victims remember one thing -- the bright blue eyes behind his mask.
  • The Hunt
  • FBI agents are on the case. With each passing day, the mission to capture him becomes more urgent. "American Greed" joins the search and investigates the effects serial bank robbers have on the banking industry.

Web Extras

  • Identity Theft Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | 1:54 PM ET

    It's a new crime wave rippling across the west. Thieves are committing identity theft to fund their meth drug addictions. Learn more.

  • The Wheaton Bandit Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 10:09 AM ET

    On January 14, 2002, the Wheaton Bandit strikes for the first time, ambushing bank tellers in the early morning hours as they open for the day. Learn more.

  • Famous American Bank Robbers Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | 12:33 PM ET

    The James brothers aren't the only bank robbers to become household names. Click to learn more.

  • Jim Stickley/Security Expert     Thursday, 1 Feb 2007 | 12:00 AM ET

    Find out other ways identity thieves could be targeting you. Jim Stickley of Trace Security has advice.

  • FBI Agent Bill Monroe     Wednesday, 31 Jan 2007 | 11:05 PM ET

    FBI Special Agent Bill Monroe on why the Wheaton Bandit is difficult to catch.

  • Robberies Spike in Chicago     Wednesday, 31 Jan 2007 | 11:06 PM ET

    Linda Koch, Illinois Bankers Association president on why bank robberies are on the rise in Chicago

  • Ponzi Schemes     Friday, 15 Jun 2007 | 1:02 AM ET

    Trial Lawyer David Berg discusses how to protect yourself.

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