Two charged in River Forest robbery
Kirby Wise, 38, of Chicago
Updated: July 1, 2012 11:37AM
A Chicago man and woman have been charged with aggravated robbery of a River Forest 7-Eleven convenience store.
At 1:20 a.m. May 17, police responded to the 7-Eleven store at Division and Harlem regarding an armed robbery that was in progress.
Kirby Wise, 38 of the 5700 block of W. North Ave. in Chicago, and Stephany Powell, 51, of the 1700 block of N. Mason in Chicago, were arrested outside the store as they allegedly tried to escape in a car they’d left parked in the alley behind the store.
“During the investigation it was learned that Wise was unarmed and using a prop to pretend he was holding a weapon in order to gain compliance when ordering the store clerk to open the cash register,” said Deputy Chief Craig Rutz.
Rutz said Wise is on parole for robbery.
“The Illinois Department of Corrections has since issued a No Bond Parole Warrant as a result of this arrest,” Rutz said.
Wise has a criminal record dating back to 1992 for offenses including murder, robbery, theft and drugs.
In July 2011, Wise was paroled from the Danville Correctional Center, where he served one year of a two-year sentence for retail theft.
Before his release, the Illinois Department of Corrections checked his name for outstanding warrants and found he was wanted for stealing a purse on the 6700 block of North Avenue in Oak Park in 1991. Oak Park police showed up and arrested him on that warrant.