A South Chicago man is charged with committing five robberies across Wicker Park, Logan Square, and Avondale in the days before Thanksgiving — just two months after he got out of prison early for two armed robbery sentences.
Police put an end to 21-year-old Titus Lott’s alleged robbery spree around 2 a.m. on Nov. 27.
That’s when a 31-year-old man reported that a masked gunman walked up to him, put a pistol to his temple, and said, “Give me your f*cking money” outside of Small Bar, 2956 North Albany, in Avondale. The gunman fled with the victim’s phone, ID, and $37 cash.
Officers searched the area and found Lott walking up the steps of a home next door to the victim’s residence on the 2600 block of North Whipple, according to a police report.
Lott was wearing a ski mask rolled up as a hat, and a replica handgun was found in a gangway next to the porch, police said. The victim identified Lott as the man who robbed him.
During a more thorough search at Area North police headquarters, police found the victim’s ID in Lott’s left shoe, according to court records. Police said Lott was also carrying a phone reported stolen on Nov. 17 by a man who was robbed on the 2900 block of West Schubert in Logan Square.
In addition to those two robberies, prosecutors accused Lott of robbing a man on the 1400 block of North Leavitt around 9:15 p.m. on Nov. 18; another man on the 1500 block of North Hoyne at 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 24, and a fifth man on the 2600 block of North Spaulding about 30 minutes before the robbery outside Small Bar.
Prosecutors charged Lott with one Class X felony count of armed robbery with a firearm; two Class X felony counts of armed robbery, and two felony robbery counts. The Illinois Department of Corrections also filed a warrant for violation of parole.
State records show that Lott received two concurrent nine-year sentences for a pair of armed robberies in April 2015. He received a 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and was released from custody on Sept. 16, almost exactly two months before he allegedly began his robbery spree.
Judge Charles Beach ordered Lott held without bail.