Three-Time Convicted Felon Charged With Robbing Two River North Pharmacies

Taylor is accused of robbing the Walgreens across from Hard Rock Cafe and a second pharmacy nearby.

A three-time convicted felon is now charged with robbing two River North drug stores since March 20th.

Englewood resident Maurice Taylor brandished a knife to ward off a CVS Pharmacy manager who tried to stop him from shoplifting $93 worth of merchandise from the store at 121 West Kinzie last Sunday evening, prosecutors said. He’s charged with Class X Felony robbery in the case.

Taylor | Chicago Police Dept

Detectives later connected him to a second robbery in the same area. Around 2 p.m. on March 20th, Taylor threatened a female employee of Walgreens who tried to stop him from stealing at the 641 North Clark location, according to prosecutors. “I have a knife,” Taylor reportedly said to the woman, “you wanna get hurt over some paper towels?”

He was charged with felony robbery in the Walgreens case.

Records show that Taylor, 29, was sentenced 18 months in prison for being part of a robbery crew that beat a 20-year-old man at the Chicago Red Line station and took the victim’s phone and hat in August 2015.

He has previous felony convictions for aggravated battery of a government employee and unlawful use of a firearm. Judge John Lyke ordered him to be held without bail.

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