Armed robbers target 3 stores in Lincoln Square, North Center overnight

Armed men robbed two convenience stores and a gas station across Lincoln Square and North Center overnight, according to Chicago police records.

Most recently, officers responded to a “check the well-being” call at the Shell station, 4346 North Western, at 7:27 a.m. Saturday, police said. Cops discovered that the store had been robbed by a man who displayed a handgun, pistol-whipped the store’s 31-year-old female clerk, and demanded cash.

The approximate locations of four robberies reported this week.

Officer Michael Carroll, a CPD spokesperson, said the offender is a Black male between 20- and 35-years-old who stands 5’10” to 6’3” tall and weighs 150 to 190 pounds. The robber, who was wearing a white hoodie, black pants, and a black face mask, was last seen heading south on Western Avenue and then north on Artesian.

Around 10:50 p.m. Friday, the same man robbed the 7-Eleven store at 5562 North Lincoln, according to a CPD alert. He displayed a handgun and took cash and snack chips from the store before escaping southbound on Lincoln, according to a CPD report.

Just a few minutes later, a heavyset White male offender displayed a handgun and robbed the 7-Eleven at 4631 North Western.

Earlier this week, two armed men committed a violent armed robbery at a 7-Eleven store just north of the latest spree.

Police said the offenders walked into the store at 6001 North Western around 2 a.m. Wednesday and ordered the clerk to open the register at gunpoint. The cashier complied, but one of the robbers struck him in the head with a gun anyway and dragged him to the back of the store, according to police.

No arrests have been made in any of the robberies. Area Three detectives are investigating.

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