Armed men robbed at least 5 convenience stores overnight, carjacked a customer in the West Loop

Chicago — Armed men robbed at least five 7-Eleven stores and carjacked a store customer overnight in a crime spree that stretched from the West Loop to Boystown to West Rogers Park, according to Chicago police. The crimes were likely committed by the same group that robbed four of the chain’s convenience stores on Monday.

The holdups began around 1:10 a.m. at the 954 West Monroe location. Police said two men armed with handguns took two cash registers and forced a 28-year-old customer to hand over the keys to his black 2017 Jeep Cherokee.

This map shows the locations of five 7-Eleven stores that were robbed on Monday, March 29, 2023. | Multiplottr

They struck the 560 West Grenshaw store at 1:45 a.m. Once again, two men entered the store with guns, and one took cash from the registers, CPD said. The men fled the scene in the hijacked Jeep.

About an hour later, the crew robbed the 7-Eleven at 3700 North Broadway in Boystown. Two masked men displayed a gun and took a cash register.

At 3:11 a.m., two armed men took cash from the registers at the 2741 West Touhy location, according to Chicago police. Moments later, the store at 6801 North Western was robbed.

Coincidentally, Area Three detectives released a community alert about Monday’s robbery spree while Wednesday’s crimes unfolded.

In the alert, police said two to three men displayed guns to rob 7-Eleven stores and their customers, always telling the victims to “give me your money.”

Stores were robbed Monday at:

Police described Monday’s robbers as Black males between 15 and 25 years old, 5’5″ to 5’8″ tall, and 140 to 160 pounds. One wore a hooded fur jacket, while the others wore dark clothing with hoods and masks.

Tips can be shared with Area Three detectives at 312-746-8263 or Area Five detectives at 312-746-7394.

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