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Man arrested for peddling shotgun shells along Safe Passage route

  • Willie Robinson (Chicago Police Department)
Willie Robinson (Chicago Police Department)
September 11, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Three dollars was the price a suburban man was charging for boxes of live shotgun shells Tuesday afternoon, but the schoolchildren who walked by weren't buying, county prosecutors said.

Willie Robinson, 54, of Bloomington, Ill., was arrested by Chicago police officers monitoring the Safe Passage route shortly after school dismissals Tuesday afternoon when a witness allegedly told them that he was pushing a grocery cart filled with shotgun shells around East Garfield Park.

When officers caught up with Robinson near Jackson Boulevard and Washtenaw Avenue just before 3 p.m., he was in possession of a tote bag containing about 175 live shotgun rounds separated into six boxes, according to the police report.

"I found the shells in a Dumpster," he allegedly told police. "I was trying to get $3 a box, ain't no one want to buy them."

Robinson was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon and ordered held on $90,000 bond.

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