[dropcap]P[/dropcap]olice issued an alert to businesses after a series of armed robberies took place in the Avondale, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods. Police say that in these robberies, an unknown number of suspects entered businesses and announced a robbery while armed with handguns.
The armed robberies happened in the:
- 1500 block of North Damen Avenue on June 17 at 4:40 a.m.
- 900 block of West Armitage Avenue on June 26 at 4:00 a.m.
- 1400 block of North Milwaukee Avenue on June 28 at 11:30 p.m.
- 2800 block of North Ashland Avenue on July 3 at 12:30 a.m.
- 3500 block of North Pulaski Road on July 19 at 12:30 a.m.
The suspects are described as being one to three Black males between the ages of 17 to 25, according to law enforcement officials. The suspects are between five foot seven inches tall and five foot 11 inches tall and weigh around 150 to 175 pounds. The suspects wear black hooded sweatshirts and white gloves while armed. Police have released surveillance photos of the suspects:
Police are advising businesses to be aware of the robberies and alert other businesses. Employees should call 911 to report any suspicious individuals that may be lingering around their businesses. Business owners should ensure that their businesses are equipped with working video surveillance systems and a hold up alarm. Police say to call 911 immediately and provide detailed descriptions of the suspect or suspects and vehicle and license plate information.
Anyone with information regarding these armed robberies should contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263.