Gunman robs 3 convenience stores in 90 minutes

An armed man robbed three 7-Eleven stores in less than 90 minutes Tuesday night, police said. The crime spree stretched from Lincoln Park to Logan Square to Little Italy, but no one is in custody.

The first hold-up unfolded at the convenience store chain’s 957 West Armitage location at 10:30 p.m. Police said a man entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded money from the register. A witness reportedly saw the offender run away southbound on Sheffield Avenue. 

Police on the scene, working from surveillance video, described the robber as a left-handed black male who’s between 20- and 25-years-old. He’s about 6-feet tall, 180 pounds, and he wore jeans, red underwear, and a black hoodie that has a white square or label on the back.

Then, at 11:15 p.m., a similarly-described man walked into the store at 2418 North Milwaukee in Logan Square. He again displayed a handgun, demanded money from the register, and fled on foot. 

Finally, the man carried out the same routine at a Little Italy 7-Eleven store, 1524 West Taylor, at 11:49 p.m. This time, he also took two bottles of booze, according to police.

No injuries were reported. Detectives are investigating all three robberies.

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