Police Issue Alert After Convenience Store Robberies

Several recent convenience store robberies have been reported in the Austin, Montclare and Avondale neighborhoods

Police early Friday issued an alert to Northwest Side businesses after several recent convenience store robberies in the Austin, Montclare and Avondale neighborhoods.

In multiple reported robberies between December and January, robbers either implied or displayed a weapon and stole cash or cartons of cigarettes, according to a business alert from Chicago Police.

In two of the robberies, two men started a conversation with an employee and then one of them walked behind the counter, implied he had a weapon and then stole cartons of cigarettes, police said.

A similar scenario occurred in two other robberies, but the suspects displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register.

The robberies occurred:

- Dec. 7, 3:20 a.m. in the 6800 block of West North Avenue;

- Jan. 3, 9:12 p.m. in the 2700 block of North Harlem;

- Jan. 8, 1:25 p.m. and Jan. 13, 9:40 a.m. both in the 2900 block of North Pulaski

In the North Avenue and Harlem robberies, one suspect was a white, 28 to 35-year-old man who stood about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighed between 170 and 190 pounds, police said. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.

The other suspect was a 30 to 36-year-old black man who stood between 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet, 2 inches talll and weighed between 220 and 250 pounds. He had a dark complexion and was wearing a black, fur lined jacket and black jeans, police said.

In the Pulaski robberies, one suspect was a 20 to 30-year-old man who stood about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighed about 175 pouinds. He had blond hair and was wielding a handgun and wearing a partial face mask and hooded green jacket with blue jeans, police said.

Anyone with information should contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263.

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