Updated: June 23, 2014 3:34PM
A second man has been charged with being the getaway driver in armed robberies in April in two Southland towns, authorities said.
Danny Tallant, 40, of Worth, is charged with aggravated robbery in holdups April 8 and 13 at the Marathon gas station, 11056 Southwest Highway in Palos Hills, and another at Sally Beauty supply in Worth, according to police.
Tallant drove Nicholas Koliopoulos, 25, in each of the robberies, which he told police were committed to get cash to buy heroin, police said. They said detectives pieced together conversations between Tallant and Koliopoulos to link him to the robberies.
Koliopoulos, of Palos Hills, is charged with robbery, aggravated robbery and reckless discharge of a firearm, all felonies.
Police said he has admitted to four robberies, including the first on April 4 at Palos Pantry in Palos Hills in which he fired a gun while an employee followed him out of the store. He was on parole for robbery in Florida at the time of the crimes, according to police.
Koliopoulos was arrested April 17 when Palos Hills Deputy Police Chief James Boie spotted him walking near Palos Pantry in the 8100 block of 111th Street and saw that he matched the description of one of the robbers, police said.
Koliopoulos ripped up a note in front of officers that Boie was able to piece together to determine that it was similar to ones used in the holdups — stating that he had a weapon, to give him money and that no one would get hurt, according to police.
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