CHICAGO — In a repeat performance of a recent brazen crime spree, armed men robbed a corner tavern and its customers in West Town on Sunday night, according to Chicago police. Two liquor stores and a couple walking together were also robbed in the neighborhood, all within about 45 minutes.
Most recently, two men armed with guns entered a bar in the 800 block of North Greenview and robbed several patrons and the business around 11:09 p.m., Chicago police said in a media statement.
CPD did not identify the bar, but police were dispatched to Chipp Inn, 842 North Greenview.
The robbery spree began just before 10:30 p.m. at a liquor store in the 1700 block of West Division. Police said two men brandished handguns, robbing two employees of their phones and money, and taking the store’s safe, police said.
Investigators were seen walking in and out of Division Street Liquors, 1759 West Division, shortly after the robbery. An officer at the scene described the suspects as two Black men between 20 and 25 years old. One wore a black Nike hoodie, red track pants with a black stripe down the side, and brown Timberland boots. The other wore a black hoodie and gray pants.
Minutes later, two gunmen robbed several store patrons and the cashier at Ola’s Liquor Store, 947 North Damen, a CPD report said.
And, around 10:45 p.m., a 40-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman were robbed at gunpoint by two men as they walked in the 700 block of North Leavitt. Chicago police said the couple lost their phones, wallet, and purse to the robbers.
The robbery of Chipp Inn and its customers is similar to two armed robberies of bars and patrons in West Town on August 31.
Shortly after 1 o’clock that morning, two gunmen entered California Clipper, 1002 North California, to rob the business and its patrons. An officer radioed descriptions of the suspects: a Black male with dreadlocks wearing a mask and black hoodie and another Black male wearing a black hoodie with a bandana on his face. One wore gray pants, and the other wore red pants. The officer said both robbers appeared to be young and stood 5’2″ to 5’4″ tall.
About ten minutes later, two armed men robbed Rite Liquors and its customers at 1649 West Division.
“If detectives determine a link or establish a pattern, they will create a Community Alert, which our office will disseminate at that time,” a Chicago police spokesperson said at the time.
Despite the unusual nature of the holdups and the fact that they occurred within minutes of each other in the same neighborhood, police never issued a community alert.