A 7-11 robbery spree in four communities, including Oak Lawn, may have ended with the Oak Lawn Police arresting an Alsip man with a criminal record according to sources.
Oak Lawn Police officers, acting on a tip, arrested a man at the Miami Inn on Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn, without incident and without any resistance Tuesday night, according to Oak Lawn sources. The arrest was made after a suspect matching the man’s description had apparently conducted a mini-spree of robberies at 7-11 stores in Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Chicago and Oak Forest.
The man allegedly robbed the 7-11 at 10441 S. Cicero Avenue, in Oak Lawn, on Monday at about 7:15 p.m. According to police reports a man ordered a cashier to give him all the money in the cash drawers while “implying he had a weapon”. The suspect walked around inside the store before choosing a Pepsi can from the display. When he brought the Pepsi to the counter, he then demanded the cash. While the man did not show a gun, the cashier told the police officer that the suspect kept both hands in his front jacket pockets moving toward the cash register. The cashier provided the suspect with $300 in cash.
The manager of the 7-11 was in the back office and heard the suspect demand money. He did not exit the office or call the police at the time. When the cashier came to tell him about the robbery, he instructed her to call police.
The same man is considered a suspect in another robbery that same day in Mt. Greenwood at the 7-11 at 10301 S. Sawyer Avenue. In that robbery, a man walked up to the cashier also holding a can of pop and demanded cash. He never showed a weapon but implied he had one by patting his jacket. In both instances, he left the stores on foot and was not wearing gloves.
The description of the man in both robberies was that he was in the range of 5 foot 8 inches to 5 foot ten inches tall, white male and balding. He was said to be wearing a blue jacket and black pants.
The third 7-11 robbery was the most recent occurring at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Again, while implying he had a weapon the man never showed the gun. Finally, his forth heist occurred a bit out of the area in Oak Forest where he also led the clerk to believe he had a gun but never showed a weapon.
The spree ended at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday when Oak Lawn Police took the 56 year old suspect, with a long criminal history, into custody at the local motel. The man was previously convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2008. He is on parole after serving only about half of his 15 year sentence.
He also has previous convictions for robbery, aggravated robbery and attempted robbery in 2002. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison for those crimes.
In 2000, he was convicted of Theft and sentenced to two years in prison. In 1996, he was convicted of robbery and was sentenced to seven years in prison. In 1994, he was sentenced to six years in prison for aggravated robbery. In 1993, he was sentenced to three years in prison for possession of a controlled substance.
The Cook County State’s Attorney could choose to charge him with a Parole Violation or for four counts of armed robbery.