Armed men have robbed 3 convenience stores in the Loop and West Loop, CPD says

Chicago police released these surveillance images of a robbery crew that has held up three convenience stores in the Loop and West Loop. | Chicago Police Department

A group of armed men has robbed convenience stores in the Loop and West Loop three times in recent weeks, including twice on Sunday, Chicago police say in a new community alert.

During each robbery, four or five armed men entered stores and went behind the counters, the police said. They removed cash from the registers and merchandise from the shelves. Then, the group escapes in a stolen vehicle.

CPD believes the group robbed convenience stores in the first block of East Lake Street at 6:57 a.m. on November 27. On Sunday, December 3, they robbed stores in the 800 block of West Van Buren at 9:36 a.m. and the first block of North Wells at 8:20 p.m., according to the alert.

The suspects are described as four or five Black males between 17 and 30 years old. They wear black clothing, including hoodies and ski masks, and also wear gloves, the alert said.

Tips can be shared with Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263. Refer to crime pattern #P23-3-099.

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