Armed robber used Divvy bike as getaway vehicle, prosecutors say

Genaro Loza (Chicago Police Department, CWBChicago)

CHICAGO — A man who recently completed parole for a robbery case is back in jail, accused of robbing two more people on the Northwest Side. Prosecutors said Genaro Loza, 51, “availed himself to Chicago’s Divvy bicycle amenity” to assist with his getaways.

Loza rode up to his victims on a Divvy and demanded their property while displaying a gun, according to prosecutors.

He robbed one victim, a man, in the 4400 block of North Pulaski on June 9, getting away with the man’s iPhone and $15, officials said.

The next day, Loza allegedly pedaled his Divvy to the 4000 block of North Harding, where he targeted a 37-year-old woman. Prosecutors said the woman was wearing headphones as Loza repeatedly demanded her money and credit cards at gunpoint. He allegedly escaped with her iPhone, credit card, and driver’s license.

Both victims identified Loza in photo lineups, according to police records. Last week, CPD officers arrested him after they recognized him outside a currency exchange. He’s charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

In addition to his most recent conviction for attempted armed robbery, Loza has been convicted of burglary, residential burglary, and theft, officials said.

Judge Caroline Glennon-Goodman detained Loza because she considered him to be a safety risk.

On June 22, before police arrested him for the robberies, Loza was arrested and charged with shoplifting from Walgreens, 1627 North Pulaski, according to court filings. He was on pretrial release for that case when police arrested him at the currency exchange.

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