Man robs woman at River North gas station — then runs right into the arms of cops

Who needs a foot chase when there are crooks as dumb as this guy?

It all started in Old Town around 3:45 p.m. when a 22-year-old Amazon driver left the keys in his delivery van while dropping off a package in the 200 block of West Goethe. As you’ve probably already concluded, someone jumped into the unattended van and drove away with it.

Cop tracked the truck’s GPS signals and found it abandoned on the 100 block of West Superior about an hour later.

Around the same time, less than a block away, a 59-year-old woman walked out of a gas station while counting money in her hands on the 700 block of North Wells, Officer Ronald Westbrooks said. As you’ve probably already concluded, a man grabbed her money, fought her for control of it, and then ran down a nearby alley, according to Westbrooks.

Guess what was happened at the other end of that alley? Once again, you’re right! He essentially ran into the arms of cops who were inspecting the stolen Amazon truck. They took him into custody and recovered the woman’s money, Westbrooks said.

Charges are pending against the robber, but police are still looking for the guy who stole the Amazon truck. CPD did not release a description of him.

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