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Burbank police say a 19-year-old Burbank man, Nicholas Roberson of the 7800 block of S. Rutherford Ave., has been charged in connection with an attempted armed robbery of a gas station.
According to the police report, a cashier at Burbank Gas, 6745 W. 79th St., called police after a man entered the store on April 4 wearing a ski mask and holding what was described as a 6-inch steak knife. The cashier told police the man said, “Give me all the money in the register,” but fled when he said he was going to call the police.
The alleged robber did not get any money or goods and was seen running northbound on Rutherford Avenue.
The gas station was equipped with a video surveillance system which captured the entire incident. Police say the video showed the offender wearing black gym shoes, black pants, a black sweatshirt and armed with a knife. Although the man was wearing a black ski mask, the cameras were able to capture the man’s face when he pulled the mask above his head as he stood outside the business.
Police were summoned to the gas station on June 1 by a man who said he had information about the robbery. The informant told police he was an acquaintance of Roberson and a friend of a gas station employee. According to the informant, he received a call from the employee after Roberson entered the gas station that evening. The employee recognized Roberson as being the man from the security video and thought the informant may possibly know who the alleged robber was. The employee showed the informant a photo from the security video. The informant recognized the man as Roberson and called police.
The informant told police that Roberson was currently living with him and on the night of the incident, Roberson came running into the apartment through the sliding patio door and appeared to be extremely out of breath. He also said that Roberson was wearing all the same clothing as captured on video.
The informant told police he believed Roberson to be currently at the apartment and consented to a search of the residence. When police arrived, they found Roberson hiding underneath a duffel bag and clothing in the closet of a rear bedroom. Police recovered clothing that matched the description of that being worn by the offender.
Police say the gas station clerk who was working the night of the attempted robbery positively identified Nicholas Roberson as the alleged offender from a photo line-up.
The State’s Attorney's office charged Roberson with one count of attempted armed robbery. Burbank police discovered that Roberson was wanted by the Bridgeview Police Department on outstanding arrest warrants for battery and criminal damage to property.
Roberson is currently in custody at Cook County Jail. His next scheduled court appearance is June 22 at the Bridgeview Courthouse.