'Salon bandit' gets 14 years in prison

Special to the Tribune

An Evanston man who robbed a number of beauty salons and small shops throughout the Chicago area was sentenced today to 14 years in prison for four hold-ups in DuPage County, according to prosecutors.

Jason Logsdon, 42, pleaded guilty to armed robberies in Lombard, Glen Ellyn and Bensenville, part of a string of 11 hold-ups Logsdon allegedly committed in late 2012 and early 2013, authorities said.

The 14-year sentence matches one imposed in Cook County, where Logsdon also has pleaded guilty, DuPage prosecutors said. The sentences will be served concurrently, officials said.

Police say Logsdon used a pellet gun in the robberies, and that he used the proceeds to support a drug habit. He often targeted beauty salons because he thought he would be less likely to encounter male employees, police said.

A witness at a Wicker Park robbery Feb. 4, 2013, provided partial license plate information, which led to Logsdonā€™s arrest.

He was arrested Feb 4., 2013, in Elmhurst, about seven hours after he allegedly robbed the Great Clips in Wicker Park. According to testimony, Logsdon told police that a crack cocaine habit spurred the crime spree, which started Dec. 26 2012 with a holdup at the Bensenville business.

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