Robber returns to scene of crime, charged with twin Taco Bell holdups

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — A man who police believe twice robbed the same fast food restaurant will face armed robbery charges among other felonies.

Prosecutors said that Thomas Davis robbed Taco Bell, 2306 Dix Ave., two times in recent weeks. About 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Davis allegedly entered the store wearing a knit cap and face mask, demanded money, and fired a round from a 12-gauge shotgun into the ceiling.

Last week a similar evening hold-up occurred. About 8 p.m. Monday prosecutors said Davis again robbed the store at gunpoint. An undisclosed amount of money was taken during the two robberies, in which the suspect demanded cash taken from the safe.

Davis was taken into custody Wednesday after police reviewed surveillance video footage from both robberies and examined evidence. Davis was arraigned Friday in 25th District Court on four counts: two armed robbery charges and two weapon offenses. The ski mask worn by the robber last month was found by police in a Mill Street yard where a K-9 unit searched after the crime.

A preliminary examination of the evidence is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 27. Davis remained in custody and bond was not offered. Davis was also charged as an habitual offender, and that he absconded from parole from a previous conviction.

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