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Cops: Getaway driver charged in Palos Hills armed robberies

Danny Tallant

Danny Tallant

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Updated: May 21, 2014 6:43PM



A second man has been charged in a string of southwest suburban armed robberies for acting as the getaway driver in crimes aimed at supporting the suspects’ heroin addiction.

Danny Tallant, 40, of Worth, was charged with aggravated robbery, according to a statement from Palos Hills police. He was ordered held on a $100,000 bond Tuesday.

Tallant drove 25-year-old Nicholas Koliopoulos to rob a Marathon station in Palos Hills and a Sally Beauty Supply in Worth, according to police.

Detectives pieced together conversations between Tallant and Koliopoulos to link him to the robberies, police said. Tallant allegedly told police he and Koliopoulos committed the robberies to support their heroin addiction.

Koliopoulos, of Palos Hills, was previously charged with two counts of robbery, aggravated robbery and reckless discharge of a firearm, all felonies, police said. He is being held in the Cook County Jail in lieu of a $300,000 bond.

Koliopoulos was arrested after Palos Hills Deputy Chief James Boie spotted him April 17 walking near Palos Pantry at 8100 W. 111th St., police said. Koliopoulos matched the description of a man believed to have been involved in 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 robberies that started 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.

Koliopoulos also robbed a Marathon station at 11056 S. Southwest Highway on April 8 and 13, police said. He demanded money from the register before running away.

Police said Koliopoulos admitted to all three robberies, as well as a fourth in Worth. He was on parole for robbery in Florida at the time

Tallant is next scheduled to appear in court June 3, and Kolipoulos will next appear June 11.



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