POLICE ALERT: Armed Robber Targeting Businesses Here

Surveillance images of the suspect. (Chicago Police Department)

Chicago police late yesterday issued a community alert to warn of an armed robber who targeted at least two local businesses last week.

Early Sunday, we reported that cops were investigating connections between three robberies and one theft at area businesses last week.

Police are publicly connecting two of the incidents, both armed robberies of neighborhood Subway restaurant locations—one in Wrigleyville on Saturday and the other on nearby Belmont Avenue last Sunday.

The Wrigleyville victim said the robber produced a knife during the hold-up while the Belmont store’s employee said the robber brandished a pair of scissors.

The alert describes the Belmont offender as a white male with a slim build, 25- to 30-years-old, wearing a black North Face brand jacket.

It goes on to describe the Wrigleyville robber as male, white, 25- to 35-years-old, 160 pounds, wearing a green or olive drab jacket over a blue hoodie. The thighs of the man’s jeans appeared to be bleached or stonewashed.

In addition to the two incidents that are being officially connected, detectives are also exploring the theft of money from an Uptown 7-Eleven’s cash register on Friday and the robbery of a Shell gas station in North Center on Thursday. Victims in those cases provided offender descriptions that are very similar to the Subway robber. Further details are in our original report from Sunday morning.

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