Man gets 11 years for 3 North Side robberies, but cops think he was involved in more

Alvin Lashley | CPD

A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to committing three robberies on the North Side in 2017, but a source says the man is suspected of being involved in several other crimes around the same time. Among those uncharged crimes is the November 2017 armed robbery of Big & Little’s restaurant in Lakeview.

Judge Alfredo Maldonado sentenced Alvin Lashley, 22, to three concurrent 11-year terms in exchange for guilty pleas in three armed robbery cases.

On Sept. 1, 2017, Lashley put a gun to a woman’s head on the 4300 block of North Sawyer while a second offender took the victim’s wallet and other valuables, prosecutors said.

One month later, Lashley allegedly robbed another woman on the 4000 block of North Spaulding while holding his hand under his shirt to imply that he had a gun.

Details of the third case were not immediately available.

Surveillance images of the men who robbed the Lakeview location of Big & Little’s in 2017. | CPD

But, a source said Chicago police detectives suspect Lashley was involved in the Nov. 9, 2017 armed robbery of Big & Little’s, 1034 West Belmont.

The source said Lashley had a friend who worked at the restaurant, but the friend was unable to identify Lashley as the person seen in surveillance images of the robbers.

With credit for time spent in jail before sentencing, Lashley’s parole date is set for Nov. 17, 2023.

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