Updated: May 21, 2014 6:43AM
A 25-year-old man behind a string of armed robberies in and near Palos Hills was charged Friday after officers stopped him outside a pantry he allegedly robbed two weeks earlier, police said.
Nicholas Koliopoulos, of Palos Hills, faces two counts of armed robbery, a Class X felony, one count of felony aggravated robbery and one count of felony reckless discharge of a firearm.
Officers arrested Koliopoulos when Palos Hills Deputy Chief James Boie spotted him walking Thursday in the area of Palos Pantry, 8100 W. 111th St., police said. Koliopoulos matched the description of a man believed to have been involved in a series of robberies on April 4, 8 and 13.
Koliopoulos reportedly ripped up a note in front of officers that Boie was able to piece together and determine was similar to ones used in previous robberies, police said. The note stated that he had a weapon, to give him money and that no one would get hurt, according to police.
Palos Hills police had stepped up patrols and set up surveillance of businesses following the series of robberies that started at about 8 p.m. April 4 at the Palos Pantry. The gunman told employees it was a robbery and stated “whatever money was in the register, give it to me,” police said.
Koliopoulos then fired his gun while an employee followed him out of the store, police said. No one was injured in the shooting.
On April 8 and April 13, the Marathon gas station at 11056 S. Southwest Highway was robbed. Police said Koliopoulos was behind those two incidents and had demanded money from the register before running westbound on 111th Street.
Police said Koliopoulos admitted to all three robberies, as well as a fourth in Worth. He also was found to be on parole for robbery from the state of Florida.