Rogers Park convenience store robbed twice in 2 days, cops say

A mom ’n’ pop convenience store in Rogers Park was robbed twice in two days last week, according to Chicago police.

Area 3 detectives issued a community alert to warn area businesses about the hold-ups, which a source said took place at Sonny’s Food Store, 7001 North Sheridan.

The corner convenience store was robbed by a man who either displayed or implied that he had a firearm at 8:53 p.m. last Tuesday and again around 10:50 p.m. last Wednesday, police said. The robber used force against an employee during one of the hold-ups.

On Tuesday, a man entered the store alone, implied he had a gun, and took money from the cash register. He fled the scene in a red vehicle.

The next night, a male robber entered the store while another man waited outside. The offender again took money from the register and also stole cigarettes. Police said the robbers fled westbound on Greenleaf Avenue in a red van or SUV.

Police issued two offender descriptions in connection with Wednesday’s crime:

  • A black male who’s between 25- and 30-years-old. He stands 5’9” tall, weighs about 160 pounds, and has a dark complexion.
  • A 25-year-old black male who stands 5’11” tall, weighs 170 pounds, and has a dark complexion. The robber on Tuesday was similarly described.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area 3 investigators at 312-744-8263 about crime pattern P20-3-117.

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