Man robs 5 North Side businesses in under an hour on Wednesday morning

The approximate locations of this morning’s robberies. | Multiplottr

Police are investigating the robberies of four convenience stores and a fast-food restaurant that occurred in about 45 minutes Wednesday morning on the North Side. A suspect was taken into custody around 10:30 a.m.

The crime spree began around 5:10 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.

Shortly before 6 a.m., he entered 7-Eleven at 1532 West Lawrence and acted like he had a gun as he robbed the store.

Finally, he hit the 7-Eleven at 1425 West Montrose.

Around 10:30 a.m., officers found several cash registers in a van and on the 6000 block of South Carpenter and arrested a man nearby, according to CPD radio traffic monitored by @SPOTNEWSonIG.

We will post an update if prosecutors approve charges in the case.

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