|The JAYNE boutique at 2707 North Clark was robbed Sunday afternoon, police said. | Google|
Another women’s boutique near Clark and Diversey has fallen victim to an armed robbery offender, police said. Around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, a robber walked into JAYNE, 2707 North Clark, flashed a silver handgun and took money from the cash register. The suspect then fled southbound on Clark.
The crime is nearly identical to the armed robbery of Leg Appeal, 2933 North Clark, on March 11. In that case, the offender walked in around 5:45 p.m. and displayed a handgun in his waistband. The man took the victim’s cellphone and the store’s laptop before he walked away southbound on Clark Street.
The suspect in the earlier robbery was described as a black man wearing a dark hat and a tan trench coat. He stood about 6-feet tall and appeared disheveled, according to the victim.
Yesterday’s suspect is described as male, black, 45- to 50-years-old, wearing a puffy black jacket with red trim and blue jeans.
Police have issued two alerts about boutique and salon robberies in the Loop and on the North Side this month. Neither warning has specifically mentioned the Clark/Diversey cases.
|The Loop suspect | CPD|
Late on Sunday, police said that a gunman has entered small retail shops in the Near North neighborhood and displayed a weapon while demanding money from the cash register. Police said surveillance videos show the same man robbing a salon in the 1000 block of North Clark around 3:45 p.m. on January 29 and another shop in the 1500 block of North Halsted last Thursday afternoon. No images of the man were released.
According to the alert, the offender is a bearded black male, 6-feet to 6’3” tall, and 45- to 55-years-old. During the January 29 hold-up, he was wearing a brown and yellow Starter jacket with “New York” on the back, according to a police source.
On March 8, police warned about an armed man who robbed two boutiques in the Loop that were being operated by women. In both cases, the offender displayed a handgun in his waistband, police said. The Loop suspect wore a black ski hat with a green stripe, a white construction mask, a long black leather coat, and a gray hoodie with blue jeans that have a white mark on the shin.