Frankfort Cops Charge Ex-Con With Radio Shack Robbery

The same Chicago man allegedly robbed two different Radio Shacks in a week before holding police at bay during an hour-long standoff.

An ex-con apprehended in Oak Lawn after holding police at bay with a handgun was charged with robbing the Frankfort Radio Shack.

Reginald Taylor, 47, of 7121 S. Harvard Ave. in Chicago already faced robbery charges in connection with a Nov. 7 stickup at the Radio Shack on Harlem Avenue in Palos Heights.

In that robbery, Taylor allegedly waited for customers to leave the Palos Heights Radio Shack and locked the store's front door. He then reportedly brandished a handgun, demanded cash and absconded with what employees gave up.

Taylor headed from Palos Heights to Oak Lawn, where he went into another Radio Shack, police said. An employee of that store recognized Taylor and somebody called the cops.

Taylor fled but officers cornered him in the stairwell of a house. He was taken into custody after the hour-long standoff.

The Frankfort Radio Shack was robbed six days before the holdup in Palos Heights. Like in the later heist, Taylor allegedly menaced store employees with a handgun. One of those employees reportedly went on to pick Taylor out of a lineup conducted at the Oak Lawn Police Department.

Frankfort Deputy Police Chief Kevin Keegan said he does not know why Taylor has seemingly focused his attention on robbing Radio Shacks.

"Primarily what he was getting out of the Radio Shacks was currency," Keegan said. "Cash and smartphones."

Taylor was on parole for a residential burglary conviction out of Winnenago County at the time of the robberies. Besides various burglary convictions, he has done prison time for drugs, theft and arson.

Taylor was shipped back to Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill Tuesday. He is set to appear in Cook County court Nov. 16. No date has been scheduled for him to appear on the Frankfort charges.

colleentriana November 14, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I am so pleased to see all these towns working with each other and getting this guy back to jail Thank you Frankfort Police Department!
very concerned citizen November 15, 2012 at 01:40 PM
This guy just didnt have a chicago address he must of lived out here with someone,. Ive seen him in speedway many times.Speedway needs to pay better attention on what comes into there stores. they cater to these people why?there is alot of shady people that go into these speedways Ive seen alot of fraud in these places.Iwill not go back in there.I know why they go to speedway,they get away with fake credit cards.
tmarc75 November 15, 2012 at 03:02 PM


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