Robbery crew arrested after bailing out of stolen car on Chicago police station parking lot

Kalvin White and the Town Hall District station’s parking lot. (Chicago Police Department, Google)

CHICAGO — A man and three juveniles, one only 13 years old, face robbery charges after they mugged a man in Wrigleyville, then abandoned their stolen getaway car directly behind a nearby Chicago police station.

At about 4:50 a.m., the group struck a 37-year-old man in the back of the head with a pistol and stole his bookbag in the 900 block of West Waveland, according to initial information. The crew fled the scene, but they didn’t go too far.

Within moments of the robbery, a cop found a freshly stolen Hyundai abandoned at the entrance to the Town Hall (19th) District parking lot behind the station at 850 West Addison. The car was still running and its doors were wide open.

Officers inside the station reviewed surveillance footage and radioed descriptions of the four people who ran from the abandoned car to patrol units. Shortly after 5 a.m., officers arrested all four suspects and recovered a firearm near the Addison Red Line station.

Kalvin White, 18, a 13-year-old boy, and two 16-year-old boys are charged with armed robbery with a firearm and two counts of possessing a stolen motor vehicle. One of the 16-year-olds is also charged with possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number.

White has a misdemeanor case pending for criminal trespass to a vehicle, according to court records. He was arrested in that matter on March 20 in the 800 block of West 86th Street.

About 30 minutes before the robbery occurred, license plate readers in the 4200 block of North Lake Shore Drive pinged on a stolen car that had been used in two robberies on Wednesday evening: one in the 400 block of West Briar in Lakeview and the other in the 1200 block of West Ardmore in Edgewater.

Investigators were working to see if there were links between those robberies and the one that ended with the four arrests.

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