16-year-old charged with robbing 5 North Side businesses on Wednesday morning

Prosecutors have charged a 16-year-old boy with robbing five businesses in less than an hour on Chicago’s North Side yesterday morning.

According to police reports and a CPD media statement, the teen was identified as the offender who robbed four 7-Eleven locations and crawled into a Dunkin’ drive-thru to steal the cash register.

The 7-Eleven at 1425 West Montrose. | Google

Investigators tracked the robber’s minivan to the Englewood neighborhood and arrested the teen in the 5900 block of South Peoria around 10:26 a.m. Officers said they found several cash registers inside the van.

The crime spree began around 5:15 a.m. at 7-Eleven, 1404 West Pratt, in Rogers Park. A robber wearing a ski mask entered the store and took money from the register along with tobacco products, mostly cigarettes.

He struck again minutes later at 6801 North Sheridan, another 7-Eleven.

Then he pulled up to the Dunkin’ at 5130 North Broadway. According to a CPD report, he climbed into the drive-thru window and ripped the register out after asking the cashier if they had money.

He hit the 7-Eleven at 1425 West Montrose next and, two minutes later, he entered 7-Eleven at 1532 West Lawrence and acted like he had a gun as he robbed the store, according to police reports.

The 16-year-old is charged with five counts of aggravated robbery, misdemeanor resisting, and misdemeanor obstruction of identification. According to a CPD media statement, the boy also had an outstanding warrant.

Police did not release additional information about the boy because he is a juvenile.

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