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Slain bank robber linked to Evanston double murder

Evanstpolice investigate shooting near Benison's Bakery downtown Evanston. Officers shot killed an armed man who robbed Chase Bank. | KristLee/for

Evanston police investigate a shooting near Benison's Bakery in downtown Evanston. Officers shot and killed an armed man who robbed the Chase Bank. | Kristin Lee/for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 22, 2014 6:08AM

Evanston police have recovered evidence allegedly linking the man fatally shot by officers in Monday’s bank robbery with a double murder in an Evanston tobacco store earlier this year, police said Friday.

Kevin Ross, 29, of Evanston, was shot multiple times Monday by officers who confronted him following the afternoon bank robbery at Chase Bank, 901 Grove, in Evanston.

According to Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott, a search of a basement storage locker in Ross’s Evanston condominium uncovered documents belonging to Azim and Mobeen Hakeem, owners of Evanston Pipe & Tobacco, who were shot to death July 30.

The brothers were found after closing time about 8:20 p.m. in the basement of their shop at 923 Davis St. Both appeared to have been shot at least once, police said. Investigators initially said there was no indication the store had been robbed, but investigators had not accounted for either of the men’s wallets and did not rule out robbery as a motive.

Police also recovered a shell casing and a receipt for a firearm, making Ross a primary suspect in the double murders, Parrott said.

On Wednesday, FBI investigators said they believed Ross might have been involved in as many as four other robberies, including Sept. 6 at the same bank branch. Investigators have also linked Ross to robberies at TCF Bank, 5343 N. Broadway, at 5:01 p.m. on Oct. 2 and again at 4:49 p.m. on Dec. 5; and then at another TCF branch, at 4355 N. Sheridan Road on at 4 p.m. Dec. 12.

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