|The man robbed this Vitamin Shoppe in Lakeview around 11:20 Saturday morning, police said. | Google|
Cops are looking for an armed man who robbed small businesses in Lakeview and Old Town on Saturday morning.
The man collected cash from the store’s register and safe before running away toward Roscoe Street.
Police said the suspect is black and has a beard. He’s in his mid-30’s, stands about 5’9” tall, and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a tan hat with a black coat while carrying a large black backpack.
Investigators believe the same man used a kitchen knife to rob the Best Price Cleaners at 1212 North Wells around 10:50 a.m. on Saturday.
|The Best Price Cleaners at 1212 North Wells. | Google|
As in the Lakeview robbery, the offender displayed a knife and told a female worker that she was being robbed. He took money from the register and is believed to have fled southbound.
The suspect’s description resembles that of the Lakeview offender: a bearded black man between 40- and 50-years-old wearing a light brown skull cap and a black jacket. Both victims said the man was armed with a steak or cooking knife with a wooden handle.