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Police issue armed robbery alert in city’s northwest


CHICAGO (CBS) – On Friday, police are warning residents of armed robberies in the city on the northwest side. The flights took place between the months of February and April.

In each incident, the attackers entered a convenience store with a handgun and robbed them of cash, alcohol and cigarettes, police said.

In a robbery, the assailant punched the victim in the face with a handgun for trying to set off an alarm before fleeing.

Incident times and locations:

· Block 2000 of North California Avenue on February 9 (time unknown).

1500 block of North Damen Avenue on February 9 at 3:58 p.m.

2000 block of North California Avenue on March 8 at 1:20 a.m.

2000 block of North California Avenue on March 14 at 2:25 a.m.

Block 3600 of West Belmont Avenue on March 13 at 4:34 a.m.

3600 block of West Belmont Avenue on March 25 at 1:51 a.m.

3600 block of West Belmont Avenue on March 25 at 11:48 p.m.

Block 3600 of West Belmont Avenue on March 26 at 4:45 a.m.

2000 block of North California Avenue on April 5 at 11:35 p.m.

3600 block of West Belmont Avenue on April 8 at 3:48 a.m.

4700 block of North Elston Avenue on April 12 at 12:37 a.m.

4300 block of North Kimball Avenue on April 12 at 4 a.m.

3500 block of North Cicero Avenue on April 13 at 1:50 a.m.

The police had only vague descriptions of the offenders.

The authorities remind businesses and residents:

· Do not resist.

· Be aware of this crime and alert your neighbors.

· Pay close attention to any suspicious subjects loitering in the area.

· Ensure that existing surveillance cameras are functional.

· Immediately call 911 and provide a detailed description of the offender(s), including any vehicle description and license plate information.

· Be aware of your surroundings.

Anyone with information can contact the Detective Bureau – Area Five at 312-746-7394.


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