|The Subway restaurant at 352 West Armitage was robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning. | Google|
A Subway restaurant located just north of Old Town in Lincoln Park was robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning. There were no injuries and no one is in custody.
Shortly after 9 a.m., a masked man entered the restaurant at 352 West Armitage and announced a robbery, police said. After receiving an undetermined amount of cash, the offender fled westbound.
Police said the robber is a thin male of unknown race who stands about 6-feet tall. He wore a black mask and carried a green backpack with gray panels. His coat has tan sleeves and a tan hood featuring a wing or spider design. The coat’s body and sleeves are white with graphics on the front and back, police said.
Lincoln Park recorded 17 robberies in January, up from 10 during the same month last year. The Old Town section of LP was particularly hard-hit, recording at least six muggings between January 14 and January 31.
Elsewhere in Lincoln Park, a man reported that he and a friend were approached by six young men who tried to rob them in at Lincoln and Halsted on Thursday evening.
An altercation broke out and the teens fled toward the Fullerton Red Line station around 7:20 p.m., police said.
The primary offender was described as black, about 22-years-old, 6-feet tall, and 160 pounds. He was wearing a ski mask, an orange and black jacket with an X-design, and light blue pants.
Another Uber Driver Targeted
We told you on Wednesday that the hottest new theft targets among downtown criminals are the cellphones and other devices that Lyft and Uber drivers attach to their windshields with suction cups.
Groups of thieves, usually teens, have been reported walking through lanes of traffic at stop lights, looking into cars for easy-to-snatch electronics. The bandits will sometimes pretend to be handing out flyers or soliciting candy sales.
The latest victim in the pattern is an Uber driver who lost his cellphone to two teens who snatched it from his window at 78 East Washington around 3:30 on Saturday afternoon. He said the primary offender was a black male teen wearing a black jacket who ran southbound.