Video shows armed robbery of Lincoln Park convenience store

Police today released surveillance video that shows the armed robbery of a Lincoln Park convenience store last week. Detectives are hoping that someone will recognize the robber and help investigators make an arrest in the case.

At 1:52 a.m. on July 3, the man entered the store and appeared to make a purchase. But then he threatened the 59-year-old cashier with a large knife and grabbed the store’s cash drawer, according to police and the video footage.

The man stands 5’4” to 5’6” tall and weighs 140 to 150 pounds, according to a CPD alert that was released on July 11. He was last seen heading north on Clark Street while carrying a multi-colored tote bag.

Anyone with information about the offender can contact Detective Bilos Thomas at 312-747-8263 regarding case JD-284110.

Store robbed repeatedly

Police records show the convenience store, which is located on the corner of Clark and Wrightwood, has been robbed time after time this year. In fact, a gunman held up the store just five days before the robbery that is seen in the newly-released video.

Around 12:30 a.m. on June 28, a robber posed as a customer before he pulled out a gun and demanded items from a clerk at the store, CPD spokesperson Jessica Rocco said. The cashier placed cigarettes, liquor, and cash into the robber’s bag and the offender fled the scene. Police described that robber only as a 30- to 40-year-old man.

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.

And at 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.

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