Friday, September 13, 2019
Bond Denied For Burbank Man Charged Robbing Aurora Pharmacy
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that bond has been denied for a Burbank man accused of “hog tying” a pharmacist and stealing prescription medications at gunpoint from an Aurora pharmacy. Andrew Kerr, 35 (d.o.b. 2/25/1984) of 8638 Leclaire Avenue, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Jeffrey MacKay ordered Kerr be held without bond. Kerr has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Kidnapping (Class X Felony, non-probationable) and one count of Aggravated Robbery (Class 1 Felony).
At approximately 10 a.m., September 11, 2019, Aurora Police were called to the Telescripts pharmacy located at 3535 East New York Street in response to an armed robbery. Through the course of their investigation, Aurora police developed Kerr as a suspect in the case. It is alleged that at approximately 10 a.m. Kerr, while armed with a dangerous weapon and concealing his identity with a hood and mask, entered the pharmacy, brandished a black gun, possibly a bb gun, and forcefully tied the hands and feet of the pharmacist behind his back. It is alleged that after restraining the pharmacist, Kerr then concealed the victim behind the counter at the store. It is alleged that Kerr then removed keys from the pharmacist’s coat pocket and, under the threat of force, took multiple prescription drugs. It is further alleged that Kerr fled the scene with approximately twenty-five bottles of prescription drugs while leaving the pharmacist bound on the floor face down against his will. The Aurora Police Department immediately began an investigation into the robbery which included talking to members of the suspect’s family. Later the same day, officers with the Aurora Police Department received a phone call from the defendant and arranged to meet with him in Willowbrook. Kerr was taken into custody in Willowbrook where officers found the prescription medications missing from the Aurora pharmacy robbery in the vehicle Kerr was driving.
“It is alleged that Mr. Kerr armed himself, concealed his identity and threatened a man trying to make an honest living just to get his hands on illegal narcotics,” Berlin said. “This type of brazen behavior will not be tolerated and will be met with the full force and effect of the law. Because of the outstanding efforts of the Aurora Police Department, Mr. Kerr was quickly identified as a suspect in this case and was apprehended a short time later. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Sean Kinsella for his efforts in demonstrating Mr. Kerr’s clear and present threat to public safety which led to Judge MacKay’s denial of bond.”
Kerr’s next court appearance is scheduled for September 30, 2019, in front of Judge Mackay for arraignment.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.