6-time felon commited 5 armed robberies in December, prosecutors say

Christopher Buehler | Chicago Police Department; Multiplottr

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a six-time convicted felon who’s currently on parole committed five armed robberies during December and burglarized a woman’s garage while Chicago police officers had him under surveillance.

Christopher “Lucky D” Buehler, 41, was detained to await trial by Judge William Fahy. State officials are also reviewing his parole status in light of the new allegations.

On Friday afternoon, Chicago cops saw Buehler, described as a “known burglar” in his arrest report, walking near the intersection of Kilpatrick and Belmont with a crowbar. They decided to keep an eye on him.

The officers later reported that they saw him try, but fail, to enter a garage in the 4900 block of West School. He then successfully entered a garage in the 5300 block of West Nelson, removed power tools, and put them in his car, the report said.

Buehler ran when the cops moved in, but they caught him nearby. He subsequently “implicated himself as the offender in seven different armed robberies,” the report stated.

Prosecutors charged him with committing five armed robberies at gunpoint:

  • of a man in the 3900 block of West Cornelia around 6:17 p.m. on December 1.
  • at cash at EaThai restaurant, 2901 North Kedzie, around 8:10 p.m. on December 9.
  • at Dunkin, 4851 West Belmont, around 8:50 p.m. on December 10.
  • at Lexi Liquors, 6922 West Grand, at 11:55 a.m. on December 19.
  • at Halal In, 4624 West Lawrence, around 6:55 p.m. on December 19.

He is charged with five counts of armed robbery with a firearm and burglary.

Illinois Department of Corrections records show he was paroled on September 1 after serving half of a one-year sentence he received for felony retail theft. His previous prison sentences include eight years for solicitation of residential burglary in 2016; 78 months for possessing a stolen motor vehicle in 2008; three years for burglary in 2004; three years for possessing a stolen motor vehicle in 2004; and another six years for possessing a stolen motor vehicle in 2004.

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