Arrest made in robberies of four Loop, West Loop businesses

Lawrence Booth | CPD

A southwest suburban man has been charged in connection with the robberies of four businesses in the Loop and West Loop this month. Police also said that the man is no longer believed to be responsible for a West Loop bank robbery as suggested in a previous CPD  alert.

Lawrence Booth, 34, of Oak Forest was taken into custody after patrol officers recognized him from surveillance photos and conducted a street stop in the 12th (Near West) Police District this week.

Booth is charged with three felony counts of aggravated robbery – indicating the presence of a firearm and felony attempted robbery – indicating the presence of a firearm. He was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

Booth is accused of:

Robbing the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1015 West Lake Street at 7:37 p.m. on October 14th. In that incident, a white male in a navy blue hoodie approached the restaurant’s cashier, implied that he had a handgun, and took cash from the register, according to police.

Robbing the Dunkin’ Donuts at 201 West Lake Street while implying that he had a handgun at 10:11 a.m. on October 21st.

• Robbing the Supercuts at 810 West Monroe of its cash register proceeds while implying that he had a gun at 9:10 a.m. on October 19th.

Bank robbery suspect | FBI

Police did not release details of the attempted robbery or controlled substance charges.

Booth was due in bond court on Friday afternoon.

On October 16th, police issued an alert to West Loop businesses that connected the robbery of a bank in the 900 block of West Randolph with the robbery of Dunkin’ Donuts at 1015 West Lake and one other commercial hold-up. Booth is now charged with the donut shop burglary.  But the 12th District CAPS Office today stated that the bank robbery is now believed to be a “separate, unrelated incident.”
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