Surveillance pix show armed robbery crew that struck four convenience stores in the Loop Monday

Newly-acquired surveillance images show two members of an armed robbery crew that is targeting downtown convenience stores. The photos, provided to CWBChicago by a source, show the men entering one of four 7-Eleven locations that were robbed at gunpoint in the Loop on Monday morning. Two other 7-Eleven stores in the Loop were robbed on October 9, likely by the same group.

Yesterday, a group of four or five men entered 7-Eleven stores, displayed multiple handguns, and stole cash, liquor, cigarettes, and other merchandise. No injuries were reported, but a gunman pressed their firearm to store employees’ bodies in at least two of the robberies.

Surveillance images of two men who were involved in downtown convenience store robberies on October 18, 2021. | Provided

Four of the men involved in Monday’s hold-ups wore mostly black clothing and one wore a gray hoodie with faded jeans. All of the men cinched hoodies tightly and wore masks to cover nearly all of their faces, except the eyes.

DePaul University’s campus safety office told the school’s community that the robbers used a black Infinity QX with orange dealer license plates

The latest robberies were reported:

  • around 6:10 a.m. at 535 South State
  • around 8:39 a.m. at 58 East Lake
  • around 8:39 a.m. at 35 East Wacker
  • around 9 a.m. at 4 West Jackson

Video shows four to five Black males in their late teens to early 20s entering the stores with hoodies drawn tightly around their faces. They reportedly left each robbery in a smaller dark-colored SUV.

The October 9 robberies of two 7-11 stores were reported:

  • around 2:44 a.m. at 216 West Jackson
  • around 2:58 a.m. at 318 West Adams

CPD previously issued a business alert about the earlier hold-ups and 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.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

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