Pair Charged in Pizza Shop Heist, 3 Other Robberies

Brian O’Connor and Sarah Doubek, both of the 2200 block of West Madison Street, were arrested Friday, police said

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    Sarah Doubek, 35, (left) and Brian O’Connor, 31, (right)

    A man and woman face felony charges in connection with a string of robberies, including one early Friday morning at a Sarpino's pizza restaurant in which the man implied he was carrying a bomb.

    Brian O’Connor, 31, and Sarah Doubek, 35, each face three felony counts of armed robbery, in addition to felony charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated attempted robbery, police announced Sunday morning.

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    The Sarpino’s restaurant was robbed about 2 a.m. Friday in the 600 block of West Lake Street, when O’Connor and Doubek allegedly ordered pizza then sat down at a table before they approached the counter with scarves around their faces and announced a robbery, police said.

    Although he didn’t show a weapon, O’Connor implied he had an explosive device inside a duffle bag he was carrying, police said.

    Fewer than four hours earlier, a 7-Eleven store was robbed at gunpoint in the Lincoln Square neighborhood in the 2300 block of West Lawrence Avenue at 10:25 p.m. Thursday, police said.

    O’Connor and Doubek are suspected in that robbery as well, when a man showed a shotgun a woman took cash, police said. No one was injured.

    Police said the pair are also suspected of being involved in another two robberies that happened within the week prior: one business was robbed about 9:30 p.m. on March 22 in the 200 block of South Leavitt Street, and another about 8:15 p.m. on March 23 in the 2300 block of West Madison Street.

    O’Connor and Doubek, both of the 2200 block of West Madison Street, were arrested Friday.