Lincoln Park shoplifter flashed gun to escape security, prosecutors say

Chris Larsen flashed a gun at a guard who tried to stop him from shoplifting, prosecutors say. | CPD; Google

A Logan Square man has been charged with robbery after he flashed a gun at a loss prevention worker at the Lincoln Park Home Depot store, 2655 North Halsted, on Tuesday evening, police said.

Chris Larsen, 29, entered the store around 6 p.m. and collected various pieces of merchandise in a bag, according to police. Larsen then left the store without paying and pulled away from a security guard who confronted him about the alleged theft, police said.

Prosecutors said Larsen dropped the bag of merchandise and displayed a handgun in his waistband to scare the security guard off. Larsen then ran from the area.

Around 7 p.m., a witness to the incident called 911 after they saw Larsen board a westbound Diversey bus near Lakewood. Police pulled the bus over in the 3000 block of Diversey and found Larsen, who matched the suspect description, sitting in the back. He was arrested after being identified by the security guard.

Larsen is charged with one felony count of attempted armed robbery with a firearm. He was ordered held without bail.

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