Armed men rob 3 convenience stores in 30 minutes

The approximate locations of three 7-Eleven robberies reported early Monday morning. | Multiplottr

Chicago police are investigating three armed robberies of 7-Eleven stores in under 30 minutes that occurred early Monday. Armed men robbed convenience stores in Lakeview, Roscoe Village, and Logan Square.

The store at 1153 West Belmont was the first to be hit, around 3:37 a.m., according to Chicago police. A black SUV parked next to the store on Racine Avenue, and two men with guns walked from the vehicle to the store.

Police said a store employee locked themselves in the back room when they saw the armed men enter. Both offenders took the cash registers and fled in the SUV, which may be a Pontiac Aztec.

Surveillance video showed the same SUV arriving at the 7-Eleven store at 2341 West Belmont a few minutes later. Once again, two men armed with guns robbed the store and escaped in the car, heading south on Clybourn, according to an initial police report.

Then, just after 4 a.m., two armed men entered the 7-Eleven at 2366 North Damen. They took money from the registers and fled in the SUV, which a third person drove, police said. The getaway car was last seen heading west on Fullerton, then south on Western Avenue, according to police.

No arrests have been made.