Boy, 17, charged with robbing Logan Square cellular store at gunpoint

CHICAGO — A 17-year-old boy is charged with robbing a Logan Square cellular store at gunpoint after Chicago cops tracked him down by following pings from a GPS device hidden in stolen merchandise.

It started around 4:20 p.m. Sunday at the Verizon store, 2482 North Milwaukee, according to a Chicago police report.

A masked robber put his hand in a bag as if he had a gun and forced employees into a back room. But one employee managed to escape and call the police as the crime unfolded.

The robber ran out of the store with electronics, including a secret GPS tracker that immediately began sending pings to CPD’s citywide intelligence center, the report said.

Guided by the center, patrol units found the 17-year-old in the 2600 block of West Altgeld, a few blocks east of the store. The officers said they recovered a firearm and the store’s merchandise.

On Monday, CPD said the boy was charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.

No other information is available about him because he is a juvenile.

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