Loop: Robbery crew strikes 2 convenience stores (again)

The 7-11 at Jackson and Wabash. | Google

Two convenience stores in the Loop that were recently listed in a police warning about robberies in the downtown area were robbed again this weekend. No one is in custody.

On Aug. 29, police issued a community alert after a small group of robbers battered store clerks while stealing cigarettes and other merchandise from 7-Eleven stores at 28 East Jackson and at 33 East Adams.

Now, groups of men following the same pattern have robbed the stores again.

Police said a group of up to ten teenagers went behind the counter to steal cigarettes and food from the 7-Eleven at 33 East Adams shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday. Police said one of the offenders was very tall and one wore a white hoodie covering his face.

The 7-Eleven at Adams and Wabash. | Google

Then, at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, a female cashier was punched in the face by a group of five men who stole cigarettes and food from the store at 28 East Jackson.

Officers who reviewed video footage said the Jackson Street robbers were black males in their late teens. One wore a dark gray jacket that may have the letter “A” on its left shoulder. Another carried a Gatorade bottle and wore a black hoodie with a white T-shirt and black jeans. A third offender who wore all gray with black and white gym shoes carried a red backpack.

The Jackson location was previously robbed at 1:20 a.m. on Aug. 22.

Police said the robbers in that case battered the cashier and stole eight cartons of Newport cigarettes and bags of chips. The offenders were three black males between 18- and 21-years-old who all wore black hoodies and black jeans, according to the alert. Two were last seen northbound on Wabash, the other two fled westbound on Jackson.

Information about the robberies may be shared with Area Central investigators at 312-747-8384. Refer to pattern #P19-1-286.

Daring escape

A Red Line thief made a daring get-away in the Loop on Sunday evening when he jumped from the train, ran through the subway tunnel, and slipped away by crawling up an escape hatch, according to witnesses and police.

A CPD spokesperson said a 47-year-old man reported being on a Red Line train around 7:30 p.m. when another man took his wallet and ran from the train.

Witnesses said the thief ran northbound on the southbound tracks and climbed up an escape passage about a block away. The offender was described as a black male wearing a blue jean jacket.

CTA trains were held for about 20 minutes while police searched for the offender.

No one was injured and no one is in custody.

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