2 groups of armed men are robbing North Side businesses, Chicago police say

The approximate locations of the robberies committed by each crew. (Multiplottr)

CHICAGO — Two groups of armed robbers are targeting businesses on the North Side, with at least 13 holdups reported since late December, including several in the past week, according to Chicago police. We first learned about the robbery teams this week when they happened to rob three stores in the same neighborhood, prompting a local alderman to tell her constituents about the crime pattern.

On Wednesday evening, a two-man team robbed the CVS at 5204 North Broadway around 7:55 p.m. and then held up the McDonald’s at 1004 West Wilson around 8:40 p.m., officials said. The police say the men displayed guns and demanded money from the registers.

Officials initially said one man was responsible for both robberies, but CPD updated that information in a community alert on Saturday afternoon. The alert said the duo also robbed two stores on December 30: in the 3200 block of West Lawrence at 6:04 p.m. and the 5600 block of North Ridge at 7:45 p.m.

CPD said the suspects are Black men between 20 and 30 years old. One wears a black puffy coat, a black hat with a Nike logo, and black jeans. The other wears a black puffy coat with the Guess logo on the sleeve, a black ski mask, and black pants. They’re armed with a silver handgun.

The second group involves up to four men armed with pistols and knives that target Walgreens locations and other “convenient establishments,” according to a separate alert CPD released on Saturday. Police said these men took money from registers and forced employees to access the store’s safe.

They robbed the Walgreens at 6121 North Broadway around 9:47 p.m. on February 7 and are responsible for holdups in:

  • the 1400 block of West Devon at 3:15 p.m. on January 19 and at 6:07 p.m. on January 23
  • the 1900 block of West Foster on January 23 at 12:17 a.m.
  • the 6200 block of North Western on January 28 at 8:15 p.m.
  • the 6100 block of North Western on January 30 at 8:40 p.m. and at 6:01 p.m. on February 2
  • the 4300 block of North Kedzie on February 2 at 5:39 p.m.
  • the 900 block of West Irving Park Road on February 6 at 8:30 p.m.

CPD’s alert described the suspects as Hispanic men dressed entirely in black clothing.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263. The first crime pattern number is P24-3-011, and the second is P24-3-012BA.

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