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Robbery suspect found hiding in getaway van

Officers from the 7th Police District captured the suspected armed robber of a Rhawnhurst convenience store early Monday after the bandit hid unsuccessfully inside his would-be getaway vehicle.

Police were quick to respond in cars and on foot to the neighborhood after being alerted to the heist.

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The suspect allegedly entered the Wawa store at 8152 Castor Ave. just before 3:30 a.m., pointed a knife at a clerk and demanded cash from the register, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.

The robber, who was later identified as Shawn Webb, 34, of the 3400 block of Englewood St., allegedly fled the store with $2,200.

A short time later, police spotted a suspicious black Chevy van parked on the 1900 block of Arthur St. with its interior light on and a man inside. Then the van interior went dark.

As officers approached the van, a man jumped out and ran. Police ended a brief foot chase by using a Taser gun on the suspect. The stolen cash was recovered.

According to Capt. Joseph Zaffino, commander of the 7th district, the same 24-hour Wawa store has been robbed more than a half-dozen times in the last three to four years. ••

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