8 years for man who committed 2 armed robberies and then went to a casino

CHICAGO — A Tennessee man who committed two armed robberies on Chicago’s North Side and then headed to a casino has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Prosecutors said Timothy Lewis, 37, was wanted for robbery in his home state when he committed the robberies in Rogers Park and West Ridge last November.

In one case, Lewis robbed a liquor store at gunpoint in the 1400 block of West Devon. He got away with about $1,200, a six-pack of Modelo, and a pack of Newports, officials said.

The store’s surveillance video showed the robber wearing Birkenstock sandals, having a tattoo on the back of his hand, and sporting a unique bracelet. But he also wore a mask, making identification difficult.

Three days later, Lewis allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint in the 1900 block of West Peterson, taking a necklace and about $450, prosecutors said. Surveillance video showed the robber wearing a mask, the same clothing as the liquor store robber, and Jordan gym shoes with white soles.

Timothy Lewis | Chicago Police Department; Pixabay

Investigators identified the robber’s getaway car, which was registered to Lewis. The vehicle’s GPS pinged near both robbery scenes and then at an unidentified casino, prosecutors said.

Video from the casino showed Lewis getting out of his car and showing his ID to enter the venue while wearing one Birkenstock sandal and one Jordan sneaker with a white sole.

When police arrested Lewis at a motel, he was wearing the distinctive bracelet, one Birkenstock sandal, and one Jordan sneaker with a white sole. Cops found about $3,000 in his motel room.

Lewis entered into a plea deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery. Judge Shelley Sutker-Dermer sentenced him to eight years for each crime, with the sentences to be served concurrently.

His sentence will be cut in half for good behavior. He also earned 375 days of credit while sitting in Cook County jail. His parole date is set for August 10, 2026.

About Tim Hecke 217 Articles
Tim Hecke is CWBChicago's managing partner. He started his career at KMOX, the legendary news radio station in St. Louis. From there, he moved on to work at stations in Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York City. Tim went on to build syndicated radio news and content services that served every one of America's 100 largest radio markets. He became CWBChicago's managing partner in 2019. His email address is tim@cwbchicago.com