First reported 7/15/2010 1:18 p.m.

A would-be robber picked the wrong dry cleaner to knock over last week. When two men walked into Austin Cleaners at 430 N. Austin in Oak Park around 6:30 p.m. on July 12, they showed a gun and demanded money.

But the shop’s employees, including the 66-year-old owner, didn’t cooperate. They started yelling to people on the street that they were being robbed, and called for help. When the suspects tried to herd them into the back, the victims resisted.

The suspects quickly decided it wasn’t worth it, and ran out of the shop – without harming anyone – as witnesses called the police.

The would-be robbers probably weren’t expecting what happened next, though: the owner began to chase after them. Though the two suspects split up, she continued to chase after one of the men.

When officers arrived on the scene, the owner wasn’t far behind, and promptly identified the person she had been chasing.

That man was 26-year-old Courtney Hadley of Chicago, who just got out of prison on June 28 for a domestic battery conviction.

Police allegedly found a .38 caliber handgun and $200 in cash on Hadley, and are investigating whether that money may have come from another robbery.

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Ben Meyerson

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