News

North, Near West Side businesses warned following rash of armed robberies

A search is under way for a man who has held up at least eleven store clerks at gunpoint on the North and Near West Sides since Jan. 18, police said today.

Most of the heists have occurred between 11:30 p.m. and 2:15 a.m. at drug stores, convenience stores or restaurants, according to an alert issued by Area North and Area Central detectives.

The latest incident happened Sunday in the 1300 block of South Halsted Street, according to the alert.

The robber, who sometimes brings an item to the counter first before demanding money from a cashier at gunpoint, even held up three different establishments in the space of a half an hour in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, the alert said.

The robber is described as an Hispanic man who is between the ages of 22 and 40. He stands 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-10 and weighs between 180 and 220 pounds, the alert stated. During the robberies, he wears a dark hooded sweatshirt and, sometimes, a black knit cap, the alert said.

The following robberies are being investigated, according to the alert:

  • 3600 block of North Western Avenue on Jan.18 at 11:30 p.m.
  • 1500 block of West Fullerton Avenue on Jan. 27 at 10:45 a.m.
  • 1700 block of North Clybourn Avenue on Jan. 29 at 11:58 p.m.
  • 2800 block of North Ashland Avenue on Jan. 31 at 1:25 a.m.
  • 1700 block of North Sheffield Avenue on Jan. 31 at 1:38 a.m.
  • 100 block of West Division Street on Jan. 31 at 2 a.m.
  • 2900 block of North Broadway on Feb. 03 at 2:15 a.m.
  • 2200 block of North Lincoln Avenue on Feb. 06 at 2 a.m.
  • 300 block of West Chicago Avenue on Feb. 06 at 3:15 a.m.
  • 800 block of West Jackson Boulevard on Feb. 09 at 7:55 p.m.
  • 1300 block of South Halsted Street on Feb. 10 at 1:40 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

rsobol@tribune.com

Twitter:@RosemarySobol1

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
Related Content
  • 1 killed, 2 wounded in South Side shootings
    1 killed, 2 wounded in South Side shootings

    One man was killed, and two others were wounded in shootings Tuesday afternoon and evening in the city's Park Manor, Bronzeville and Morgan Park neighborhoods.

  • City lists 'problem landlords' on website
    City lists 'problem landlords' on website

    Chicago's Building Department published its first "problem landlords" list on its website Monday night in an attempt to crack down and publicly shame apartment building owners into providing tenants with basic services such as heat, hot water and working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Chicago brothers who infiltrated cartel given 14 years in prison
    Chicago brothers who infiltrated cartel given 14 years in prison

    After more than six years in protective custody, the twin brothers from Chicago's West Side didn't look the part of hard-core drug traffickers when they walked into a public courtroom Tuesday for the first time since flipping on the notoriously violent Sinaloa cartel.

  • Emanuel, mayoral challengers face off for first time
    Emanuel, mayoral challengers face off for first time

    The first face-to-face meeting of the Chicago mayor’s race featured Rahm Emanuel offering a measured defense of his first term against a barrage of attacks from challengers who assailed his record on neighborhood development and crime and even his temperament.

  • 'Ghostbusters' reboot scares up cast: Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, Jones
    'Ghostbusters' reboot scares up cast: Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, Jones

    Director Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot has found its leading ladies. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are in talks to star in the Sony comedy about a quartet of paranormal exterminators, The Times has confirmed.

  • CTA rider robbed at Taser-point: police
    CTA rider robbed at Taser-point: police

    A 23-year-old CTA rider was threatened with a Taser and robbed of her cellphone Friday as she transferred from the Red Line to the Green Line at the Roosevelt "L" station, police said Tuesday.

Comments
Loading