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Men accused of robbing tax services business

February 24, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Three Chicago men were arrested Saturday after they were accused of holding up a tax services business in New City at gunpoint.

Victor Short, 20, of the 8900 block of South Brandon Avenue, and Christopher Calvin, 21, of the 8500 block of South Mackinaw Avenue, allegedly entered the business located in the 5100 block of South Halsted Street on Friday armed with firearms, according to court records.

While Calvin kept watch on people in the front of the store, including a 3-year-old child, Short led the shop owner to a back room where he demanded the man give him $5,000 from a safe and three iPads, county prosecutors said.

Calvin and Short then fled in a car allegedly being driven by Courtney Thomas, 19, of the 9000 block of South Dante Avenue. Thomas was charged in the armed robbery Saturday morning after he implicated himself as the driver of the car, which was registered in his grandmother's name, according to the police report.

RedEye could not confirm the name of the store, which was listed in the police report as Tax Professional Services.

Calvin, Short, and Thomas appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Monday afternoon and were each ordered held in lieu of $450,000 bond.

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