Armed robberies at Loop convenience stores prompt CPD warning

A group of armed men robbed two Loop convenience stores at gunpoint in under 15 minutes, prompting police to warn downtown businesses about the crew. The offenders went after the stores’ cash and cigarettes, according to the CPD reports.

At 2:44 a.m. Saturday, up to five men raided the 7-Eleven at 216 West Jackson, pointed guns at the cashier, and ordered him to open the register, one report said. The store employee complied, and the men fled in a tan four-door vehicle.

Fourteen minutes later, three men did the same thing at the convenience store chain’s 318 West Adams location. They took the cashier’s wallet, money from the register, and loads of cigarettes.

CPD’s business alert described the group as Black males between 18- and 30-years-old who stand 5’6” to 5’10” tall and wear hoodies with ski masks.

Video footage of the second hold-up shows one man wore a white hoodie with black Adidas track pants and black shoes. Another wore a black hoodie with ripped jeans and white shoes. The third wore a black hoodie.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding crime pattern P21-3-113.

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