CHICAGO — A group of 15-year-old robbers rode the Brown Line across the North Side on Sunday afternoon, hopping off at stops along the way to rob nearby stores. Their luck ran out after the third holdup, and Chicago police intercepted them at the Paulina Brown Line station.
The robberies began at about 3:50 p.m. at a bakery in the 4700 block of North Kedzie, about a block from the Kedzie station. Four males wearing masks and hoodies walked in, took money from the register, and ran away, according to a CPD report.
About 20 minutes later, the group committed a similar robbery at Houston Liquor & Food, 1829 West Irving Park Road, a stone’s throw from the Irving Park Brown Line station.
A passerby reported suspicious activity to 911 after seeing four men walk into the store wearing masks and hoodies. Within moments, the group was seen running down the street with the store’s cash in their hands.
Finally, they entered a store in the 3300 block of North Lincoln at about 4:35 p.m. After robbing the shop, the group fled to the Paulina station and waited for a train.
But police asked the CTA to hold an incoming train at the station, and officers took the four suspects into custody around 4:50 p.m.
Police said all four teenagers are charged with three counts of robbery.