LOOP: Gunman Robs Two Michigan Ave Shops

Two shops in the 300 block of Michigan were robbed this week, police said. | Google

An armed man held-up two Michigan Avenue boutiques during afternoon hours this week and police are asking for the public’s help in tracking him down.

Surveillance image of the robber. | Chicago Police Dept

Shortly after noon on Monday, the man entered the Arts & Artisans shop at 321 North Michigan, displayed a silver handgun in his waist, and took money from the register.

Then, around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, he did it again at Nakamol, a shop located directly across the street from Arts & Artisans at 336 North Michigan. According to police he again displayed a silver gun in his waistband and took the store’s cash.

In both cases, the man placed the money in a blue tote bag before heading southbound on Michigan Avenue.

Police today said the man is black, 40- to 50-years-old, and 5’5” to 6-feet tall. He has been wearing 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.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8384.

The man’s brazen hold-ups are just another indication of how bad the Loop’s robbery situation has become. As CWBChicago reported on Monday, robberies there were up 106% year-over-year through February and up 392% compared to the same time in 2014.

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