Gunmen rob Portage Park pub, continuing a months-long string of similar crimes

Gracie O’Malley’s in Portage Park. | Google

CHICAGO — Gunmen robbed a Northwest Side pub during business hours on Thursday evening, Chicago police said. The same group of offenders may have tried to rob another bar in the neighborhood minutes earlier.

Police responded to several 911 calls reporting a robbery in progress at a business in the 4000 block of North Milwaukee around 11:40 p.m. Callers said gunmen were ordering people onto the floor.

While CPD did not publicly identify the business, officers were dispatched to Gracie O’Malley’s, 4058 North Milwaukee.

Three gunmen demanded cash from the register, police said. The trio fled, possibly in a white Jeep, after getting cash, according to officers at the scene.

About five minutes before the robbery, three masked men tried to get into Margaret’s, 5134 West Irving Park, but they couldn’t get in. An employee called police to report the incident, but no report was taken.

The three were described as young Black men wearing gray and black hoodies with masks.

Last night’s robbery is the latest in a string of similar crimes at bars, taverns, and liquor stores since 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.

On September 11, armed men robbed Chipp Inn, 832 North Greenview, and the tavern’s customers, according to a CPD report.

Chipp Inn and 11 of its customers were robbed again early on December 1. A group of five men displayed guns and demanded money from the register and from patrons around 1:40 a.m., according to police.

The victims complied with the robbers’ demands, and the offenders fled on foot. Police said no injuries were reported.

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