(SKOKIE) A 41-year-old north suburban man charged with a string of hair salon robberies that spanned Chicago and its suburbs over the past two months has been ordered held without bond.
Jason Logsdon of Evanston allegedly told authorities he robbed the salons to feed his crack cocaine habit, and picked salons because there wouldn't be many men there, Judge Marcia B. Orr said during a bond court hearing Wednesday in Skokie.
Logsdon is charged with 11 armed robberies in and around Chicago from Dec. 26 through Feb. 4. Orr denied bond in 10 of the 11 cases, citing the crack habit, the large number of charges and the short time period in which he allegedly committed the crimes.
Logsdon will appear in bond court in Maywood on Thursday for a bond hearing on the 11th charge.
He allegedly used a BB gun in most of the robberies, and stole between $100 and $800 in each incident, authorities said.
According to authorities, a witness to the last robbery, Monday in Wicker Park, caught the license plate number of the car in which Logsdon drove away. When Skokie police looked up the plate in their system, they learned they had pulled the car over twice in the past for minor traffic violations.
Skokie police located the car in Evanston and, while they waited for Logsdon to be identified, followed him to Elmhurst. Once they received word that Logsdon had been identified, they arrested him.
Authorities said the car was not Logsdon's, and that the owner did not know for what it was being used.
In a release sent Tuesday evening, Skokie police said charges were delayed because victims and witnesses from 15 armed robberies in eight municipalities came for interviews and to look at lineups.
Logsdon has been charged in 11 robberies, five of whichs took place in Chicago, two in Skokie, two in Niles, one in Morton Grove and one in Broadview. DuPage County authorities have not yet filed charges in connection with robberies there.
Cook County Assistant Public Defender Leslie Rogoff argued that Logsdon should be given bond because of his lack of prior criminal history.
Dressed in a dark blue sweatshirt, with his short hair and beard and mustache neatly-trimmed, Logsdon did not speak. He had been in the hospital earlier in the day, however, his ailment and the medication he is on were not revealed in court.
Rogoff asked that Logsdon be taken to the jail's Cermak Hospital wing, but the judge denied the request.
— Pioneer Press and Sun
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