Bucktown cellular store robbed at gunpoint; similar cases reported in Lakeview, West Town

An armed man robbed a Bucktown cellular store at gunpoint on Tuesday evening. Similar robberies of phone stores were reported in West Town last week and Lakeview on May 11.

Around 7:50 p.m., a man walked into the Verizon store at 1652 North Milwaukee and pulled out a handgun when the staff offered help, police said. He forced the victim into the back of the store. There, the offender loaded a black bag with phones.

He ordered the store worker to wait five minutes before calling 911 and then fled the scene.

The Verizon store at 1652 North Milwaukee in Bucktown. | Google

Police who responded to the scene described the robber as a possibly Hispanic man wearing a mask, a blue hoodie, and black shoes.

Last Wednesday, May 18, an armed man robbed the AT&T store at 2006 West Chicago in West Town. He collected boxes of phones and ran out the back door around 7 p.m.

That robber was described as a Black male who stands about 6’3″ tall. He wore red sweats, a black hoodie, and white shoes. Witnesses said he fled in a newer Toyota Camry that waited for him in a nearby parking lot.

On May 11, an armed man robbed the Verizon store at 3019 North Clark in Lakeview.

He confronted an employee with a handgun around 7:50 p.m. and forced the victim to the back of the store. He filled a bag with phones and fled through the rear entrance, according to police.

The Lakeview robber is described as Black, 6’2″ tall, wearing a mask and a black hoodie.

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