|The Bloom Yoga Studio in Lincoln Square was robbed on Monday afternoon, police said. | Google|
The Bloom Yoga Studio in Lincoln Square was robbed on Monday afternoon in a crime that bears a striking resemblance to a robbery of the same business in May of 2017. No one is in custody for today’s hold-up.
Around 2:15 p.m., a teenage male entered the studio at 4663 North Rockwell and asked to use the restroom, police said. About an hour later, the suspect returned to the business wearing different clothes and in the company of another male teen. The pair, who were both wearing masks, announced a robbery.
|Interior of the Bloom Yoga Studio | Yelp!|
“Give me the money,” the first offender told a clerk while holding his hand inside his hoodie pocket. “Don’t make me use this.”
The robbers collected two cellphones from people inside the studio as well as cash from the register. They were last seen heading eastbound on Leland Avenue, according to police.
Both of the robbers are black males between 16- and 20-years-old who stand between 5’3” and 5’6” tall, police said. The one who implied that he was armed has short, slicked-back hair and was last seen wearing a dark green or black hoodie with jeans. His accomplice was wearing a blue hoodie with jeans.
When the first offender asked to use the restroom before the robbery, he was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, according to the store clerk.
The same yoga studio was targeted in a similar robbery on the evening of May 3, 2017.
Two juveniles punched a yoga studio employee in the face, stole her wallet, then emptied the business’ cash drawer around 8:15 p.m. that night.
After the robbery, both offenders fled the store eastbound on Leland—the same escape route used by today’s robbers. The 2017 offenders were described as two black male teenagers wearing hoodies.
Cops from the nearby 20th District found one of last year’s suspects behind the Lawrence Hall School for Boys, 4833 North Francisco. That boy was identified by the victim and was taken into custody. The second offender was not found.