Sprint store robbed at gunpoint in Lakeview East

The Sprint store at 2850 North Broadway. | Google

The gunman who robbed a Lakeview cellular store Wednesday evening got away with an undetermined amount of electronics, according to Chicago police. No injuries were reported and no one is in custody.

Police said the gunman entered the Sprint store at 2850 North Broadway at 7:53 p.m. and pointed a handgun at an employee. The offender gathered an assortment of phones from the store’s inventory and then ran out the back door.

One of the phones contained a tracking device similar to those used to follow bank robbers. The tracker pinged down Lake Shore Drive, past downtown, and was last recorded in the area of 111th Street at Interstate 57.

Surveillance video showed the robber to be a black man in his early- to mid-30’s who stands about 5’5” tall. He had a mustache, wore a purple wig under a Rasta hat with a baggy hoodie and loose-fitting cargo pants.

An officer on the scene said the robber may have been armed with a “high powered” handgun similar to a TEC-9.

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