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Late-night Loyola robbery was an inside job, prosecutors say

Rodrick Moore / phofrom Chicago Police

Rodrick Moore / photo from Chicago Police

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Updated: December 15, 2013 12:42PM

Two men who’ve been charged with robbing a Loyola University Chicago dining hall had planned the heist for weeks, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday.

They said Martell Howze, 25, an employee at the dining hall, had shown Rodrick Moore how to get through security and given him the location of a safe.

According to prosecutors, Moore, 31, approached an employee at 2:31 a.m. Friday as the worker was leaving the cafeteria in the 6500 block of North Sheridan Road after closing up and hit the woman in the head with a BB gun, then forced her back inside, threatening to shoot her if she didn’t open the safe.

Moore and Howze got away with $2,811, prosecutors said.

CTA and Loyola surveillance video helped catch them.

Moore, of the 6200 block of South Michigan, was found nearby on the CTA Red Line. In court Saturday, he was ordered held on $150,000 bail, charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and concealing his identity.

After arresting Moore, the police identified Howze, of the 200 block of East 89th Place, as having been involved. He’s charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

Authorities recovered the stolen cash and the handgun, which they said was a replica.


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