Man Gets 6 Years For Pizzeria Stickup

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (STMW) – A young Naperville man was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for the late spring robbery of a carry-out pizza parlor only four blocks from his home.

Charlie Nicholson Jr., 19, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a Class X felony charge of armed robbery with a firearm. DuPage County Circuit Court Judge George J. Bakalis convicted him of the June 10 holdup of the Papa John’s Pizza storefront in Naperville’s River Valley Plaza strip mall.

Nicholson last lived in an apartment complex on the 700 block of Royal St. George Drive on the city’s northwest side. The complex is only blocks north and east of Papa John’s, at Ogden Avenue and Valley Drive.

Police were called at 9:10 p.m. that evening to the pizzeria, where four employees were on duty. A man wearing a black bandanna over his face and brandishing a handgun escaped with an undisclosed amount of money taken from the cash register.

A police officer remembered having seen a man in the area several hours earlier who matched the description of the gunman, police said in June. They investigated that lead, which led them to Nicholson’s apartment.

“During the interview with Nicholson, several items of evidentiary value were recovered, and Nicholson was taken into custody without incident,” police Cmdr. Dave Hoffman said in June. Those items reportedly proved to be the gun used holdup and the stolen money, which Nicholson had stuffed into a bag from a Naperville bookstore.

Court records showed Nicholson had no significant criminal record in DuPage County prior to the robbery. He has been held in DuPage County Jail since being arrested.

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  • Skip

    What’s even sadder is that none of the employees were armed with a legal concealed weapon.

    Then all the police would have needed to do was check the ID in the wallet and not trust their luck in actually tracking them down.

    • Walter

      Skip clearly doesnt know what he is talking about. This is EXACTLY why we dont need citizens taking the law into their own hands. No one got hurt and the police caught the bad guy. good work.

  • right to protect

    After owning a liquor store for 30 years, I can assure Walter than an armed citizen in worth more than twenty calls to 911…..nobody was ever hurt and I was never a victim of violence

  • Skip

    First of all, who would have cared if the bad guy got hurt?
    The more they get hurt, the less of them there are and the sooner they learn.

    You know the old saying; “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”

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