Chicago police are investigating two armed robberies of the same Lincoln Park convenience store this week. The shop has been targeted by robbers at least five times since March, according to police records.
The 7-Eleven at 2619 North Clark was robbed at gunpoint early Sunday and was robbed again early Friday by a man who was armed with a large knife, according to police. No one has been arrested.
Around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, a robber posed as a customer before he pulled out a gun and demanded items from the 58-year-old clerk, CPD spokesperson Jessica Rocco said. The victim placed cigarettes, liquor, and cash into the robber’s bag and the offender fled the scene. Police described the robber only as a 30- to 40-year-old man.
Officers returned to the store at 1:52 a.m. on Friday, July 3, after a 911 caller reported a man was in the store with a knife. A 59-year-old clerk told police that a man pulled out a large knife and ordered him to hand over valuables, Rocco said. The victim complied and the man fled northbound on Clark Street.
According to a witness, the second robber is a Black male in his early 30’s who stands 5’4” to 5’5” tall. He was reportedly wearing a white do-rag and a white shirt.
Area Three detectives are investigating.
This week’s robberies are hardly the first for the beleaguered convenience store, which sits on the northeast corner of Clark and Wrightwood streets:
- On March 13, two robbers entered the store, took cash from the register, and loaded boxes of Newport cigarettes into duffel bags before escaping southbound on Clark Street around 5 a.m., according to a police report.
- The store was robbed again at 3:30 a.m. on March 14, according to CPD data.
- Around 1:45 a.m. on March 29, a gunman pulled out a pistol, threatened to shoot the clerk, took the store’s cash and fled southbound on Clark Street, according to police.