Palos Hills Man, 25, Confesses to String of Armed Robberies: Police

After several armed robberies, the man was caught holding a note police say he intended to use in another.

Nick Koliopoulos | Credit: Palos Hills Police
Nick Koliopoulos | Credit: Palos Hills Police

A Palos Hills man tried to tear up the note he planned to use in an armed robbery, but police were able to piece it together, tying him to three similar armed robberies this month.

Nick Koliopoulos, age 25, of Palos Hills, was charged with two counts of Class X felony armed robbery, one count of felony aggravated robbery, and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm, a class 4 felony.

Koliopoulos confessed to several armed robberies, beginning with the April 4 robbery of Palos Pantry at 8100 W. 111th St. Koliopoulos fired a weapon duing that robbery, but the bullet did not hit anyone, police said. 

Four days later, Koliopoulos struck again, police said, at the Marathon Gas Station, 11056 S. Southwest Highway in Palos Hills. On April 13, Koliopoulos then demanded money from the cashier at the Marathon Gas Station at 11056 S. Southwest Highway. 

Palos Hills police stepped up patrols in the area and Palos Hills detectives, patrol officers, and K-9 units, set up surveillance of businesses in the area. On April 17, Deputy Chief Jeff Cucio spotted Koliopoulos walking near Palos Pantry, and noticed he fit the description of the armed robbery suspect. 

Koliopoulos took a note he had concealed and ripped it up as police approached. Officers handcuffed Koliopoulos and Deputy Chief Cucio was able to piece together the note, which was determined to be similar to what Koliopoulos had used in his previous robberies, police said.

Koliopoulos was taken into custody and transported to the Palos Hills Police Department, where he admitted to all three armed robberies and also another one in Worth.

Koliopoulos was found to have been jailed for robbery in Florida, released from 2012, and on parole.

"This was police work at its finest by every member of the Palos Hills Police Department," said Palos Hills Police Chief Paul Madigan.

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Bobby K April 23, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Lauren please take this to "Editor in Chief" He will approve it, you watch girl...
Dr G April 26, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Palos Hills quickly becoming the armpit of the southside. Giving the city of Worth a run for their money
john muro April 28, 2014 at 12:57 PM
He shows off his loot on his facebook, lol what an idiot. https://www.facebook.com/nick.koliopoulos.3
Roy Keane May 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Lauren, I agree with Bobby K. Not to incite more drama, but due to the simple fact that as a holder of a MA in Journalism from a good school that you'd better embrace the 1st amendment which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press. They're supposed to compliment each other. All you're advocating is censorship, which, when the press does that, is really no different than the Soviet Union or Communist China. That is all.
Lauren Traut May 25, 2014 at 11:16 PM
Hello, Roy. I am well-versed in the First Amendment. I also, however, have a firm grasp of our Terms of Use, which are easily accessible to all Patch users. We have certain rules set in place to keep the Patch community a civil place. It's very simple: play by Patch's rules and we're good to go. Very straightforward. If you'd like to discuss this off-thread, I encourage you to email me at lauren.traut@patch.com.


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