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Rosemont Cop Charged With Gas Station Robberies Must Turn Over Police Gear if he Bonds Out of Jail, Judge Orders

A Rosemont police sergeant accused with another man of robbing two gas stations at gunpoint has been ordered to turn over his police uniform, radios, guns and other law enforcement items if he is released from jail on bond.

Sgt. Edward Karas, 40, and Wright O’Laughlin, 48, of Chicago, are both charged with armed robbery. Authorities say the men on Sept. 12 robbed the Norridge Fire King Exxon station in the 8500 block of West Lawrence Avenue in Norridge and a Shell gas station, in the 2300 block of West Touhy Avenue in Park Ridge.

They were arrested the following day when a vehicle they were that matched the description of one used in the robberies was spotted by a Park Ridge sergeant.

Karas is currently being held on $200,000 bail in protective custody in the Cook County Jail. During a brief court appearance at the Skokie courthouse on Friday, Judge Anjana Hansen told Karas that if he is released on bond, he must turn over to authorities the law enforcement items he has. O’Laughlin did not appear at the hearing.

Police said last week they believe O’Laughlin pulled a ski mask over his face and walked into the stations and pulled a silver handgun, demanding money. Karas drove the getaway car, police said.

Since June, Karas has been on administrative leave by the Rosemont Public Safety Department and stripped of all police powers. The department said Monday it is seeking to fire him in connection the investigation that led to him being placed on leave. The move is unrelated to his recent arrest.

Karas was hired as a Rosemont public safety officer in 2005.

He is scheduled for an Oct. 3 preliminary hearing at the Skokie courthouse.