Updated: October 2, 2012 10:54AM
Police are warning North Side business owners of a recent increase in armed robberies.
Two to five men enter the store at night and demand access to cash registers and safes at gunpoint, according to an alert from Area North detectives. Sometimes the robbers take cartons of cigarettes, or employees’ cell phones and wallets.
— about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 in the 2100 block of West Belmont Avenue,
— about 8:20 p.m. Aug. 24 in the 4800 block of North Broadway,
— about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in the 2800 block of North Ashland Avenue,
— about 6 p.m. Sept. 3 in the 1600 block of North Maplewood Avenue,
— about 6:40 p.m. Sept. 14 in the 6700 block of North Ridge Avenue,
— about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the 500 block of West Diversey Parkway,
— about 6 p.m. Sept. 29 in the 1900 block of North Elston Avenue and,
— about 6:50 p.m. Sept. 29 in the 4100 block of North Sheridan Road.
The robbers are described as black men between 20 and 35, police said. They are 5-foot-9 to 6-foot-3, 170 to 240 pounds with a medium to dark complexion. One wears his hair in braids. All five often wear dark hooded-jackets with a hat.
Anyone with information should call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.