Lakeview: Restaurant worker forced into cooler during armed robbery

An armed robber forced a Lakeview pizza shop employee into the restaurant’s walk-in cooler during a hold-up early Friday, police said. It’s the second armed robbery of a business in the area since Tuesday, but the cases have not been linked to the same offenders.

Around 1:20 a.m., the robber walked through the back door of Domino’s, 3103 North Clark, and demanded cash from the restaurant’s 26-year-old employee.

He then forced the man into the cooler and ordered him to stay there for five minutes while he escaped, CPD spokesperson Jessica Rocco said.

When the employee came out, he found the store damaged and items missing.

The robber was a Hispanic man who wore a head covering and black clothes, he said. No arrests have been made.

On Tuesday evening, two armed men brandished guns as they robbed SmokePost, a CPD and vape shop about two blocks from Domino’s at 905 West Belmont.

One of the robbers carried a distinctive yellow backpack or shoulder bag during both hold-ups, according to CPD records. They both wore black hoodies and full face masks. Video shows one of them to be Black and the other to be White or Hispanic.

The same duo is suspected of robbing another smoke shop in Logan Square earlier Tuesday. They stole a gun from that store’s owner, according to a CPD report.

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