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.
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.