The FBI has released a detailed photograph of a distinctive devil tattoo on the right shoulder of escaped bank robber Kenneth Conley, but has no new leads on his whereabouts since his escape with his cellmate from the Metropolitan Correctional Center two weeks ago.
Conley’s cell mate, convicted bank robber Joseph “Jose” Banks, was captured Dec. 20 at the Near North Side home of a childhood friend. But Conley, who with Banks scaled down 15 stories of the federal jail on knotted bedsheets, has remained at large.
Conley, 38, is white, 6 feet and 185 pounds. Conley has the tattoo of a devil on his shoulder and a sun tattoo on his back. The photograph shows the devil tatoo depicts the torso of a winged or caped devil in all black.
There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to Conley's capture. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Chicago FBI office at 312-421-6700.Banks and Conley were last accounted for in the jail at 10 p.m. Dec. 17 during a routine bed check, authorities say. About 7 a.m. the next day, jail employees arriving for work saw ropes made from bedsheets dangling from a hole in the wall near the 15th floor and down the south side of the facade.
The two had put clothing and sheets under blankets in their beds to throw off guards making nighttime checks and removed a cinder block to create an opening wide enough to slide through, authorities said.
The FBI said a surveillance camera a few blocks from the jail showed the two, wearing light-colored clothing, hailing a taxi at Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue. They also appeared to be wearing backpacks, according to the FBI.
The last known sighting of Conley was at his mother’s home in Tinley Park later that day, and authorities searched in other south suburbs for the escapees Dec. 17 and 18.
Conley has a long criminal history. His Cook County convictions range from retail theft to weapons violations and he was sentenced to eight years in prison for an armed robbery in 1996.
Conley also was sentenced to six years in prison in San Diego County for petty theft with a prior conviction, according to California records. Less than a year after his parole in 2010, Conley robbed a bank in suburban Homewood of less than $4,000 cash, the heist that landed in him in the MCC.
Conley had been involuntarily committed at a hospital not long after the May 2011 bank robbery and that he was arrested at the Tinley Park Mental Health Center for violating his California parole, according to Federal court records.
Banks, a prolific bank robber dubbed the Second Hand Bandit because of the used clothing he wore during his holdups, was charged with one count of escaping federal custody that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison on conviction. He also faces sentencing in March for his conviction last week for two bank robberies and two attempted holdups.
For updates on the search for Conley and a detailed wanted poster, check the FBI's Bandit Tracker Website.