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UPDATE FEBRUARY 16: Chicago police have now issued an alert that publicly connects two of the cases listed in our original report below.
Wrigleyville’s Subway restaurant was robbed Saturday afternoon by a man armed with a knife, just days after a different Subway shop was robbed here by a man armed with scissors.
Detectives are working to determine if there is a connection between the two Subway cases as well as to a couple of other business robberies this week in nearby Uptown and North Center.
All of the victims provided similar offender descriptions.
Saturday – Wrigleyville Subway Robbery
Shortly before 5 o’clock Saturday evening, an employee of the Subway restaurant at 3776 Clark reported that an offender came into the store, produced a knife, and took the cash register tray. (CPD case HY151703)
Offender description: Male, white, about 25, tall, wearing a dark “nylon type” jacket with a dark hoodie underneath. He also wore jeans with a white fade on the front and black gym shoes.
UPDATE 1:43AM FEBRUARY 16: In a newly-released alert, detectives now say the offender wore a “green or olive drab” jacket over a blue sweatshirt and “blue jeans with bleached or stonewashed sections on the front and back thighs.”
Friday – Uptown 7-Eleven Targeted
Police responded to the 7-Eleven store at 4150 Broadway around 4:30 Friday morning after an employee there reported that a man came into the store, “accessed the register,” and took money. It was not immediately clear how the man accessed the cash drawer, but police classified the incident as a theft rather than a robbery. The classification—if accurate—means that the clerk was not harmed or threatened. (Case HY149819)
Offender description: Male, white, 25- to 30-years-old. He is said to have worn a black hooded jacket and an orange skull cap.
Thursday – North Center Shell Station Robbery
An employee reported that a man came into the Shell station at Montrose and Western around 10:30PM Thursday, implied that he had a weapon, and ordered the clerk to open the cash register and give him money. No weapon was seen in the robbery, which yielded about $150. (Case number TBD)
Offender description: Male, white, 25- to 30-years-old, 5’9″ tall, 150 pounds, brown hair. He was said to have worn a brown jacket, blue jeans, and a black scarf around his face.
Defying black ice-covered sidewalks, a man robbed the Subway restaurant at 1020 Belmont last Sunday night while brandishing a pair of scissors. That offender was described as white, 25- to 30-years-old, wearing a black North Face brand jacket with its hood pulled up.