(GUN)MEN AT WORK: Uptown Phone Store Robbery May Be Tied To “Construction Crew”

Investigators believe that at least one member of a crew that robs cell phone stores while wearing construction outfits struck in our area Monday afternoon.

Police say a man entered the store, located in the 4400 block of Broadway, at high noon and produced a black handgun. A female worker fled out the back door and called 911.

Video cameras in the area captured images of the man fleeing into a nearby alley with several phones. There, he changed into a construction vest and hard hat before continuing northbound.

He is described as a black man in his 20’s or 30’s, a little over 6-feet tall, with a very short haircut.

Previously, the “construction crew” wore vests, helmets, and painter-type breathing masks during the actual robberies:

• A pair of men dressed as construction workers robbed a T-Mobile store at Damen and Irving Park road on May 31. 

• On June 6, a similarly-dressed duo held up another T-Mobile store in the 1900 block of Harlem, on the border of Chicago and Elmwood Park.

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