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Trio charged with robbing stores, gas stations in city, suburbs

Updated: April 24, 2014 3:46PM

A prolific trio of armed robbers who between them allegedly stuck up 10 gas stations, donut stores, convenience stores, pawn stores and jewelers in Chicago and the suburbs have been nabbed, the feds say.

Tyree Craig, 29, Jacobi Pickett, 21, and Jarryl Williams, 42, teamed up in various combinations to attempt the heists, brandishing a black semi-automatic handgun while demanding money or jewelry, and, sometimes, Newport cigarettes, according to a pair of federal indictments.

The Chicagoans allegedly targeted businesses in the city, Arlington Heights, Berwyn, Glenview, Hometown, Lincolnwood, North Chicago, Skokie, and Wilmette between October and February.

Williams even survived being shot by a security guard during the armed robbery of James and Williams Jewelers in Berwyn on Jan. 10, it’s alleged.

In one of the most lucrative robberies, Pickett alone was charged with the Feb. 19 robbery of EZ Pawn store in Hometown, in which jewelry valued at around $73,000 was stolen.

Though all three men attempted to disguise their appearance, federal agents were able to piece together video surveillance to establish a similar pattern of clothing and appearance, prosecutors say.

Craig and Williams have each pleaded not guilty, while Pickett is due to enter a plea next week.

All three men face potential life sentences if convicted.


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