Suburban police believe three armed robberies at hair salons in the last week are connected.
No one has been hurt, but the man has made off with a bit of cash from heists in Skokie, Glen Ellyn and Lombard, officials said.
Surveillance cameras recorded one robbery last Thursday morning at a Hair Cuttery in Skokie. In the video, the man approaches as a customer looking to buy hair products. Later, he pulls a gun out of a backpack and demands money as the clerk rings up his purchase.
"He had a mask. He had a scarf over his face. He was wearing glasses and gloves and then he threw a backpack at one of the girls and just said that, 'This is a robbery,'" recalled Julinda Rexha, the general manager of Glen Ellyn Great Clips that was robbed Thursday morning.
There was a similar incident at a Hair Cuttery salon in Lombard on Wednesday. Police say the man's behavior and description were similar in all three incidents.
"[He] displayed a handgun, demanded the money, the employees complied. They were scared and he got the money and he left," said Glen Ellyn Police Dept. Chief William Holmer.
Officials describe the robber as about 35 years old. His race was undetermined but officials said he was light skinned. He stands about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighed about 230 pounds. He was wearing dark pants, a black jacket and had a black backpack, officials said.
He left the Glen Ellyn salon Thursday morning walking eastbound on Roosevelt with a small amount of cash, police said.