Police are investigating two armed robberies that unfolded in about 20 minutes overnight in Bucktown. The incidents appear to be related. A convenience store in nearby Logan Square was also robbed around the same time.
The first Bucktown robbery occurred on the 2300 block of West North Avenue around 12:40 a.m., said Kellie Bartoli, a CPD spokesperson.
A 30-year-old man was taking out the trash when a black sedan rolled up with four occupants, and a gunman emerged from the car with a firearm.
Bartoli said the offender demanded the victim’s property and then pushed him to the ground. He returned to the back seat of the sedan, which headed west on North Avenue, then south on Western Avenue, she said.
About 20 minutes later, around 1 a.m., a black sedan with four occupants pulled to a stop next to a 31-year-old man who was walking on the 2000 block of West Shakespeare, Bartoli continued.
This time, two men emerged from the car. They confronted the man with a handgun, took his money and phone, then returned to the car. It was last seen heading west on Shakespeare, then south on Hoyne, Bartoli said.
Police did not release descriptions of the offenders.
In Logan Square, police responded to a robbery in progress call at 7-Eleven, 2020 North California, around 12:28 a.m.
The cashier told officers that a man entered the store, demanded money from the register at gunpoint, and hit him in the back of the head with a pistol, according to a CPD media statement.
After getting cash and two bottles of liquor, the robber left the area on foot, police said.
EMS treated the victim for a head injury, but he refused to go to a hospital for treatment, according to CPD’s statement.
The robbery suspect was described as a skinny Black male wearing a blue mask who stands about 5’10” tall. He reportedly wore a black hoodie with green elements, black pants, and blue gloves.