Man robbed North Side pharmacy of cash, narcotics: prosecutors

Harvey Woodfork | Chicago Police Department; Google

Chicago police investigators used the city’s network of surveillance cameras to track an armed robber from the scene of the crime on the Far North Side to his South Side home. Then, cops staked out the robber’s home and took him into custody when he stepped back outside three days after the holdup, according to prosecutors.

Those details emerged during a detention hearing for 34-year-old Harvey Woodfork at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. He’s charged with two counts of armed robbery and possessing a controlled substance.

Prosecutors said Woodfork entered Chicago Health Mart, 1260 West Devon, on December 5 and robbed the pharmacy of $300 cash and a “large amount” of narcotics. Surveillance video showed the robber, wearing a black ski mask and distinct orange and black gloves, escaping in a red Nissan, according to police.

Detectives tracked the Nissan to the 6700 block of South Prairie and found additional video on the block that showed Woodfork entering his home shortly after the robbery, prosecutors said.

Cops took him into custody when he stepped outside and entered the Nissan three days later. Prosecutors said the police recovered a black ski mask, orange and black gloves, and a pill bottle taken from the pharmacy during the arrest. The police said Woodfork was carrying $1,861 cash when they arrested him.

Judge Anthony Calabrese ordered Woodfork detained while awaiting trial. Woodfork’s previous felony convictions include possessing a stolen motor vehicle and possessing a controlled substance in 2021, according to clerk of court records.

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