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No bond for parolee charged with robberies after crashing stolen car

Bond was denied Thursday for a parolee charged with a series of armed robberies after being arrested when he crashed a stolen car earlier this week in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said.

Willie Clay faces two counts of armed robbery with a firearm and three counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to Chicago Police.

The 45-year-old crashed the vehicle about 10 a.m. Monday in the 2700 block of West 57th Street after stealing it Jan. 8 in the 1900 block of North Whipple in Logan Square, police said.

Clay was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with minor injuries from the crash. Officers found a replica semi-automatic handgun inside the car, police said.

Investigators later implicated him in several armed robberies on the North and West sides dating back to last year, police said.

Clay, of the 6500 block of South Talman, had been on parole for armed robbery and carjacking convictions from 2009, according to Cook County Circuit Court records. He has been convicted of robbery at least three times since 1995.

A judge ordered him held without bond. His next court date is Jan. 26.