3 liquor stores robbed within an hour in Lakeview, Lincoln Park

CHICAGO — Three liquor stores, two in Lakeview and another in Lincoln Park, were robbed at gunpoint during an hour-long crime spree Sunday night, according to Chicago police reports.

All of the robberies involved two armed men who entered the stores and demanded cash. The robbers’ descriptions are identical, suggesting the same men may have committed all three crimes.

J&R Liquor, 2401 North Ashland, was the first store to get robbed when the gunmen entered around 8:45 p.m. An officer who reviewed surveillance video said a silver-colored SUV sped from the area after the robbery, but it was not immediately clear if the car was involved in the holdup.

That was followed by a robbery at Gold Crown Liquors, 3433 North Sheffield, in Wrigleyville. Two masked men took cash at gunpoint and fled around 9:20 p.m.

Finally, around 9:50 p.m., two men robbed Liquor Expo, 2154 North Halsted.

Surveillance images showed the robbers were two Black males standing about 5’9″ tall and weighing about 150 pounds. One of them wore a gray hoodie with black pants and black shoes. He carried a blue backpack. The other wore a black hoodie, black pants, and black shoes. Both robbers wore black ski masks and black gloves.

Sunday’s spree is the latest in a string of similar crimes targeting liquor stores and, sometimes, taverns in the city. Robbers have been hitting several businesses in quick bursts, only to return and do it again within days.

Some of the robberies have turned into shoot-outs.

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