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CHICAGO (CBS) — Police say two men tied up and robbed a West Lawndale store owner, took money from the register and left in the owner’s car on Monday.
But that apparently wasn’t enough, and the duo’s greed got the best of them, police said. The suspects then stopped at an ATM to use the victim’s stolen card, where they were arrested.
Benjamin Marrero, 29, of the 2600 block of West Cermak Road; and David Lopez, 31, of the 2800 block of West Cermak have been charged with one felony count each of armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping, according to police.
The pair entered the health food store in the 3100 block of West 26th Street shortly before noon Monday and asked the store owner for hand cream, according to a release from police. The store owner said he recalled Marrero visiting the store last week for the same product.
But when the owner began walking toward the rear stock room, Marrero grabbed her and threatened her with a screwdriver, according to police. The men then tied the victim’s hands and feet with duct tape.
They went through her purse, taking her cell phone, car keys and bank card, then forced open the cash register and took the money inside, police said. They then drove away in the woman’s car.
Responding police officers were given a description of the offenders and the stolen car, and tracked it down a short time later, taking both men into custody at an ATM where they were withdrawing cash from the store owner’s account, the release said.
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