Serial armed robber strikes again at West Loop coffee shop

The man who robbed four businesses in the Loop and West Loop at knifepoint on March 7 appears to have struck at least two more times, most recently on Tuesday evening.

Around 6:10 last night, he ordered employees to hand over money from the safe at a coffee shop on the 900 block of West Randolph, according to a CPD report. He was armed with a knife and a brick. Witnesses said the robber fled north on Morgan Street after the hold-up.

The same man is suspected of pulling a knife on an employee at CVS, 1034 West Lake, while stealing merchandise around 8 a.m. on Friday, March 11.

He’s described as White with brown or sandy blond hair. He’s in his mid- to late 20s, 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall, and 150 to 180 pounds. On Tuesday, he was wearing a red jacket with blue jeans. Last Friday, he wore a black jacket, a bandana, red shoes, and camouflage pants that appeared to have blood on one leg, a report said.

A similarly-described man struck four times on March 7: at Starbucks, 171 West Randolph, around 6:40 p.m.; CVS, 208 West Washington, around 6:50 p.m.; McDonald’s, 1035 West Randolph, around 7:30 p.m., and CVS, 1034 West Lake, around 7:36 p.m.

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