3 liquor store robberies reported on Thursday night

CHICAGO — Three liquor stores were targeted during a string of robberies that stretched from North Center to Portage Park on Thursday night. No arrests have been announced.

The robbers were foiled at their first stop, ChiTown Food & Liquor, 5002 North Pulaski, in North Park. Three men arrived at the store’s front door with their faces covered and at least one gun visible, but the entrance was locked. 

When the store’s employee didn’t let them in, they fled.

In North Center, four men armed with guns robbed Houston Liquor & Foods, 1829 West Irving Park Road, around 10:40 p.m., a Chicago police report said.

The crew collected cash and merchandise, then headed east.

An officer reviewed surveillance video and radioed descriptions of the robbers. The suspects were Black males between 5’8″ and 5’10” tall, wearing:

  • a jacket that is black on top and gray on the bottom with a white t-shirt, dark pants, white socks, and black shoes
  • all black clothing with black Nike shoes
  • all black clothing
  • all black clothing with a square logo on his jacket

Finally, around 11:20 p.m., five gunmen entered Cardinal Warehouse Wine & Liquors, 3501 North Central. They confronted the clerk and demanded cash from the register, police said.

Chicago police have investigated several similar liquor store holdup sprees this autumn. Some of the robberies have turned violent.

A shot was fired during a West Rogers Park liquor store robbery on October 23. Another store was robbed in Lincoln Square that night. Four liquor stores and some of their customers were robbed during a spree on October 11.

Police responded to seven liquor store robberies within two hours on October 14 and two more in Logan Square on October 19.

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