Lincoln Park armed robbery, nearby apartment burglary may be linked, cops say

A Lincoln Park woman found a man in her bedroom Tuesday afternoon, and cops think the intruder may also be responsible for robbing a nearby dry cleaner at knifepoint earlier in the day, police said. No one is in custody.

First, a man displayed a knife and demanded cash from a 77-year-old worker at Willow Cleaner,s 703 West Willow, around 11:30 a.m., according to a CPD report. The woman opened her register, and the man pushed her out of the way to grab cash from inside, said Officer Ronald Westbrooks, a police spokesperson. 

Police evidence technicians recovered a steak knife from the crime scene Tuesday.

According to the victim, the same man came took cash from the store on Monday, but the owner did not call police about the incident.

Then, around 4:45 p.m., a 26-year-old woman found a man kneeling on her bedroom floor in the 800 block of West Armitage.

Westbrooks said the woman was in the front of her unit when she heard noise coming from the back and went to investigate. When she discovered the man in the bedroom, he ordered her to put her phone down and not call anyone, according to Westbrooks. The woman fled, and the intruder ran out the back door. Two witnesses saw the intruder running westbound through the alley, Westbrooks said.

The woman told police that a MacBook, a green purse, and bank cards were missing from her apartment.

Investigators suspect the same man is responsible for both crimes, police said.

On Willow, the robber was described as a Black male between 25- and 35-years-old who stands 6-feet tot 6’2” tall and weighs 175 to 195 pounds. He was wearing a blue hoodie and blue sweatpants.

Witnesses to the burglary said he was 20- to 30-years-old, 6-feet to 6’1” tall, 150 pounds, and wore a black jacket, blue hoodie, black jeans, and a surgical mask.

Area Three detectives are investigating both reports.

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