Prosecutors: Man charged with robbing two Uptown stores declined $40 offer to go away

Isaac Beck | CPD

A customer who walked in on a robbery in progress at an Uptown service station Friday evening offered the offender $40 cash to go away — but the bandit turned him down. Now, the robber is charged with robbing the business and one directly across the street.

Prosecutors said Isaac Beck, who’s on parole for robbery, walked into the 7-Eleven store at 1532 West Lawrence around 6:15 p.m. and demanded cash from the register. He allegedly collected money from two registers and walked out as the clerk activated a silent alarm.

As police rolled to the scene, Beck walked into the Shell station at 1533 West Lawrence and demanded money from the cashier, prosecutors said Sunday. While the hold-up was unfolding, a female customer walked in and offered Beck $40 to go away.

He declined the offer, saying he didn’t want $40, according to prosecutors.

The woman left and flagged down cops who were arriving to handle the 7-Eleven robbery. Officers arrested Beck immediately.

Prosecutors charged him with robbery and attempted robbery. Judge Susana Ortiz set bail at $50,000. He will be required to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post a 10% deposit bond, she said.

But Beck, age 29, is not eligible to post bond right now because the Illinois Department of Corrections ordered him held without bail while they consider revoking his parole for a 2018 robbery in Jackson County.

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