Armed robbers brandish an AK-47 to rob Uptown Walgreens location as employees run for cover

Two men brandished two guns, including an AK-47 style weapon, during a terrifying robbery of a Walgreens store in Uptown on Wednesday evening, according to a CPD report.

The men entered the store at 4720 North Marine Drive at 9:06 p.m., and one of them pulled the rifle from a duffel bag. They approached the check-out area, pointed their guns at two employees behind the counter, and ordered the workers to open the store’s safe, CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said.

One of the clerks told the men that the safe was in a back room and he began walking in that direction with one of the gunmen before suddenly bolting out the back door, according to Bartoli. He reportedly called for help after seeking shelter at nearby Weiss Hospital.

Other employees called 911 while locked inside restrooms and the pharmacy area.

The other front counter employee gave the second offender cash from the register, and both gunmen hurried out of the store and into a white Mazda SUV that was waiting outside with two accomplices, Bartoli said.

She described the primary suspects as two Black men between 20- and 30-years-old who stand 6-feet to 6’3″ tall and weigh 150 to 170 pounds. One was wearing an olive green jumpsuit while the other wore a black jacket, Bartoli said.

Investigators are working to determine if at least one of the robbers is also responsible for holding up the same store on the evening of November 4.

Area Three detectives are handling the case.

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