A man who allegedly robbed a convenience store and two gas stations in Palos Hills was charged last Friday with two counts of armed robbery, one count of aggravated robbery and reckless discharge of a weapon, police said.
Nick Koliopoulos, 25, of Palos Hills, was arrested last Thursday at the Palos Pantry, 8100 W. 111th St., after Deputy Police Chief Jeff Cucio spotted him near the store, police said.
Cucio notified surveillance units, and police spoke with Koliopoulos. During the conversation, he tore up a note that he had concealed, according to reports.
Police reconstructed the note and determined that it was similar to ones he had used in previous robberies. The note stated that Koliopoulos had a weapon, wanted money and no one would get hurt.
Koliopoulos later admitted to three armed robberies in Palos Hills and one in Worth, according to the report.
Police said Koliopoulos on April 4 robbed the Palos Panty at 8 p.m. He walked into the store and demanded, “whatever money was in the register, give it to me.” He fired a weapon while he was followed out of the store by an employee. No one was injured, police said.
On April 8, at 8:35 p.m., Koliopoulos entered the Marathon Gas Station, 11056 S. Southwest Highway, and announced an armed robbery. He lifted his shirt and showed a weapon to the employee behind the counter, according to reports.
He was given an undisclosed amount of money, left the station and fled west on 111th Street, police said.
On April 13, he returned to the gas station, announced a robbery, received an undisclosed amount of money and again fled west on 111th Street, according to reports.
Koliopoulos was on parole from the state of Florida where he was released from prison in 2012 after serving time for robbery, police said.