Chicago woman stole a gun, used it to rob a 7-Eleven, then sold it to a stranger for $30 worth of heroin — all in about 20 minutes, officials say

Chicago — As prosecutors laid out allegations against a Chicago woman during a bail hearing on Sunday, the details kept getting worse. And worse. And worse. It is, really, a little slice of the current state of affairs in Chicago. A slice we’d all probably be better off without.

It started routinely enough. A man left his pickup truck unlocked in the 500 block of West Grenshaw in the South Loop. The truck owner happened to be a concealed carry holder, and he left his gun in the center console.

Holly Butler (2019) | Chicago Police Department

Around 10 a.m. Friday, 31-year-old Holly Butler opened the truck’s door and found the man’s gun inside the center console, officials said. She took it.

Butler walked a few steps, entered a 7-Eleven, pointed the gun at the cashier, and demanded $20 and a pack of Newport cigarettes, prosecutors said.

After Butler left with the robbery proceeds, the cashier called police and told officers that they recognized Butler as someone who lived in a tent city in the 1000 block of South Desplaines. Police arrested Butler there.

Cops said they found a gun holster and three bags of suspected heroin in Butler’s possession. But they didn’t find the gun.

Butler told them that she sold the gun to a stranger in exchange for the heroin, which had a street value of about $30, officials said. The weapon has not been found.

Prosecutors charged Butler with armed robbery, burglary, and possession of a controlled substance. Judge Maryam Ahmad ordered her to pay a $30,000 bail deposit to get out on electronic monitoring. Ahmad also ordered Butler held without bail for violating bond in a pending felony retail theft case.

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