Chicago cops hunt convenience store robbery crew

Two of the four gunmen point firearms while robbing a convenience store at 1160 West Diversey on March 5, 2024 (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A group of armed men who robbed five convenience stores during a 90-minute spree last month were caught on video while robbing at least one business. On Wednesday, Chicago police released some of that footage, hoping someone would recognize the offenders.

Police said the men entered the stores with guns drawn, ordering customers onto the ground before robbing them and the business.

“Hands up, open the registers, empty your pockets, and get on the ground,” the crew ordered the stores’ cashiers and customers, according to a previously released CPD bulletin. Once they were in control of the store, the group took money from the registers along with liquor or tobacco products, the police said.

Investigators said the group robbed five convenience stores on March 5:

  • 2401 North Milwaukee at 4:07 a.m.
  • 2355 North Damen at 4:27 a.m.
  • 1160 West Diversey at 4:38 a.m.
  • 2004 North Halsted at 4:40 a.m.
  • 33 South Aberdeen at 5:24 a.m.

On Wednesday, CPD released the following video from the Diversey robbery:

Police say the same group committed two more robberies on March 7:

  • Around 1:30 a.m., they robbed two victims in the 3200 block of West Armitage. They took a purse from one woman, but the other victim left before police arrived.
  • At 3:37 a.m., a man was robbed as he left his apartment in the 1500 block of North Hoyne. The 34-year-old said he was walking when a silver sedan pulled up, and four men got out, a CPD spokesperson said.

In a press release accompanying the video, police said the suspects are four Black men between 20 and 30 years old. They stand 5’8″ to 5’10” tall and weigh 150 to 200 pounds.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Three investigators at 312-744-8263. Refer to crime pattern #24-CWP-014.

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