5 more liquor stores robbed in NW Side crime spree: Chicago police

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CHICAGO — For the second time this week, armed robbers went on a crime spree Thursday evening, targeting liquor stores for cash, according to Chicago police. The crew robbed five stores in about two hours, and they may be the same people who committed a similar set of crimes Sunday night in Lakeview and Lincoln Park.

The first robbery on Thursday occurred at Elston & Kimball Liquor, 3753 North Elston, around 8:30 p.m. Police said three men, each armed with a handgun, took cash from the store’s cashier and fled on foot.

Investigators later determined that the robbers parked their getaway car behind the stores, preventing their victims from getting a good look at the vehicle.

They struck again around 9:04 p.m. at Golden Leaf Liquor, 3652 West Irving Park. Police said two store employees were physically attacked by three robbers who took cash from the register. Once again, each robber displayed a handgun, CPD said. The victims declined medical attention.

Buy Low Liquor, 3360 West Montrose, was robbed around 9:30 p.m. The armed trio took merchandise and cash from the store.

At Value Liquor, 2914 North Central, the crew turned violent again, battering two store employees and taking cash around 10 p.m.

The fifth and final holdup occurred at Konrads Liquor, 6720 West Belmont, around 10:25 p.m.

Police did not release descriptions of the suspects, but an officer at the first robbery scene said they were Black males wearing ski masks, black hoodies, and black jeans.

Sunday’s liquor store robberies were all committed by two armed men who entered the stores and demanded cash at gunpoint. Like nearly all of Thursday’s crimes, they only took cash, not merchandise.

J&R Liquor, 2401 North Ashland, was the first store to get robbed when the gunmen entered around 8:45 p.m.

Following that, a robbery occurred at Gold Crown Liquors in Wrigleyville, 3433 North Sheffield. 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.

The crime sprees are the latest in a string of similar incidents 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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