Cellular store robbers strike again in Roscoe Village as Chicago cops warn of emerging crime pattern

The Verizon store at 1654 West Roscoe is seen from the Paulina Brown Line platform. | CWBChicago

CHICAGO — After robbers targeted two cellular stores in as many days, Chicago police are warning similar businesses about an emerging crime pattern on the North Side.

Most recently, two armed men robbed the Verizon store at 1654 West Roscoe in Roscoe Village around 10:25 a.m. Tuesday. They also robbed AT&T at 1730 West Fullerton just before 8 p.m. Monday.

Police said a pair of robbers walked into the stores and asked about phones until customers left. Once they were alone with the employees, the robbers pulled out handguns and forced the workers to retrieve Apple products from the store’s safe, according to CPD.

The AT&T robbers zip-tied the store’s employees’ hands, according to a police report.

In a community alert issued Wednesday, police said the robbers were two Black men between 20 and 30 years old who wore black hoodies, black pants, and surgical or ski masks.

One of the Roscoe Village robbers had a cross-shaped tattoo between his eyes, and the other had a large gap between his front teeth, according to an officer who responded to the store’s 911 call.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding crime pattern #P23-3-076.

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