14-year-old robbed 10 stores across the North Side, Chicago police say

CHICAGO — A 14-year-old boy is responsible for robbing ten stores, mostly Walgreens locations, across the North Side since mid-January, Chicago police say. They arrested the boy in Park Ridge on Friday to face charges in the crimes, the most recent occurring just a couple of days ago.

Each time, the boy took money from registers and forced employees to open the store’s safe, according to details revealed by Chicago police in community alerts about the crime pattern. The alerts said up to four men, armed with pistols and knives, were involved in the robberies. So far, though, only the 14-year-old has been charged.

His last robbery was Tuesday night at Walgreens, 6140 North Western, around 9:20 p.m. Police said a masked robber wielded a “large knife” and demanded money from the cashier. He is accused of robbing the same Walgreens on January 30 and February 2.

CPD said the boy was also charged with robbing a store in the 1400 block of West Devon on January 19 and January 23, as well as locations in the 3100 block of West Devon, 1900 block of West Foster, 4300 block of North Kedzie, and the 6100 block of North Broadway.

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