Laborious: At least 5 robberies downtown since Friday

The Bluemercury store at 356 North Clark. | Google

At least five robberies have been reported in the downtown area since Friday morning.

Most recently, a man and woman robbed the Bluemercury cosmetics store at 356 North Clark around 4:12 p.m. on Sunday. A 35-year-old woman who works at the store told police that she confronted the couple after they collected merchandise and prepared to leave the store. The man battered the woman, and both offenders then fled south on Clark Street toward a white van.

Police on the scene said the couple were white, “European,” very tan, and in their 40s. The man wore a white button-up shirt while the woman wore a blue dress with “an Amish-style bonnet on her head,” officers said.

Burnham Mart at 828 South Wabash. | Google

Earlier Sunday, two armed robbers pistol-whipped a clerk during a robbery of the Burnham Mart convenience store at 828 South Wabash. The men hit the cashier over the head with a gun around 1 a.m. and then stole cigarettes along with other merchandise, police said. The robbers were described as two masked black men, one of whom wore a black sweatshirt with white paint splatter marks. The other wore blue jeans, a black shirt, and sunglasses.

Around 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, a man reported being attacked by a group of robbers near Wabash and Huron in River North. The victim said six or seven men jumped him and then took his phone before running from the scene. He described the assailants only as a group of black men between 18- and 20-years old, according to a police report.

At least two women reported being robbed on Friday. The first sought help at a River North Starbucks after two men robbed her at gunpoint around 4:20 a.m. Police said the victim was near Hubbard and La Salle when the two offenders approached her and one displayed a black gun in his waistband.

CVS at 105 South Wabash. | Google

She described the robbers as two black men who are both skinny and in their early 20’s. One wore a light blue shirt, black pants, and black gym shoes with no laces. The other one a zip-up hoodie, black pants, and black and white shoes.

The second woman was reportedly robbed as she entered CVS Pharmacy at 105 South Wabash around 1:30 p.m. Police said two men ran toward the L station at Adams and Wabash after taking the victim’s wallet. No description of the offenders was available.

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