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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.

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