Police say they have arrested a suspect in a series of salon robberies across the Chicago area in recent weeks.
The man was taken into custody Monday and was being questioned at the Skokie Police Department, authorities said. He is suspected in four beauty salon robberies in Chicago and several more in surrounding suburbs.
Detectives from Skokie, Chicago and other jurisdictions are collaborating in the joint investigation, according to a Skokie police statement.
The arrest came hours after the man apparently struck in the Wicker Park neighborhood. The man stole about $250 in cash from a Great Clips salon in the 1200 block of a well-trafficked North Ashland Avenue around 10:45 a.m. Monday, police said.
The man took out a blue-steel semi-automatic handgun before presenting a dark bag to three salon workers, which one of them filled with money, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien said. Wearing a red and gray jacket, blue jeans and a hat and scarf, the man walked north on Ashland and hopped in a gray colored sedan, which left driving southbound, police said.
No one was injured, police said.
“It’s scary,” said Dani McLaren, 25, a hair stylist at Kelly Cardenas Salon nearby in Wicker Park, her co-worker Taya Damman, 22, nodding in agreement.
Salon director J.R. Costantini, 31, at the nearby Salon Blonde, said she thought the robber targeted salons because there are typically not too many staffers and they are often made up of women.
“It’s probably an easy target,” Costantini said.
Virginia Olenick, 33, co-owner of Strange Beauty Show, a salon just a block away, said she thought the robber expected little resistance at a salon.
Last Tuesday, a man robbed a Great Clips salon in the 1000 block of West Webster Avenue in the Sheffield Neighbors neighborhood, according to police. The man was given cash and fled the store, police said. Police think the same man may have held up salons in the 1200 block of North Clybourn Avenue on Jan. 21 and salons in the 1200 and 1300 blocks of West Fullerton Avenue in December.
Other police agencies have warned that the same man may be responsible for robberies in Niles, Skokie, Morton Grove, Bensenville, Lombard, and Glen Ellyn.
Tribune reporter Liam Ford contributed
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