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Person of interest questioned in beauty shop robberies

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Investigators believe they have finally caught the so-called "beauty shop bandit" who is wanted for robbing 13 salons since December 28th.

The holdups took place in the north and west suburbs, including Skokie, Niles, Lombard, and Glen Ellyn. Several locations in the city were also hit.

Various police agencies, including Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Tom Byrne, spent the day interviewing witnesses. They've pieced together the evidence to bring charges, which could come down early Wednesday.

More than a dozen victims and witnesses of the robberies were brought in for questioning and to go through lineups with the suspect.

At a Great Clips salon hit by the bandit last week, there is relief.

"It makes me feel good that I can actually come to work and not have to worry that somebody is gonna come in here again maybe for a second time and do it," Great Clips employee Stephanie Athanasiou says.

Police recovered a gun they believe the suspect used during his holdups, which turns out to be a BB gun. It was surveillance video from one of his earliest robberies at a Hair Cuttery in Skokie that provided evidence, but the man eluded capture for two months-- mainly striking shops in strip malls.

Several witnesses who participated in lineups declined to comment, but expressed a sense of relief.

At a Wicker Park salon the crime spree has prompted many precautions.

"We made sure we only kept a certain amount of cash in the drawer in case someone did come in the salon, you know, anything like that with a gun, we also made sure all out stylists were made aware," Selena Arrequin of the Kelly Cardenas Salon says.

Now with word of an arrest, employees are able to focus on style instead of safety.

"I'm glad that I don't have to hear it any more, like from our clients and stuff, like for them to be scared," Kelly Cardenas Salon Director Nicole Casadei says. "We try to ignore stuff like this when it happens, just stay positive about situations, but to go home to my boyfriend and be like 'he struck again,' like aren't you freaked out, I just like that I can stay home and know it's not gonna happen."

Skokie police say they are planning a news conference for 10 a.m. Wednesday. Police are able to hold suspects for 72 hours while preparing charges. The Skokie police chief said with so many cases, it is just taking time to process everything.

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