BUCKTOWN — Three 7-Eleven stores in Bucktown, Lincoln Park and the DePaul campus area were robbed within the same hour early Sunday by a group of three men, according to police and a 7-Eleven franchisee.
The robberies took place at:
• 5:20 a.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of North Clark Street
• 5:28 a.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of West Fullerton Avenue
• 5:45 a.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of North Damen Avenue
In all of the robberies, three men were involved. They wore dark clothing and gloves and obscured their faces with ski masks or bandanas, according to Officer Michael Carroll, a Chicago Police spokesman.
Carroll said in all three robberies, convenience store employees were forced to open cash registers while being threatened. A community alert sent by police Sunday afternoon said in each of the robberies, two men grabbed the store clerks while a third man stood guard at the front entrance.
In all three instances, cash, alcohol and tobacco products, as well as personal items from the victims’ themselves, were taken, Carroll said.
While the robbers in all three incidents bear similarities, Carroll said a connection cannot be confirmed and that detectives are investigating the incidents.
Harish Doshi, a franchisee owner of a 7-Eleven in Wicker Park, confirmed to Block Club that all three of the stores were 7-Elevens. His store, at 1508 N. Damen Ave., was not impacted by the robberies, but around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a customer who’d just left the store was punched and robbed near an alley behind the building.
In that instance, Doshi said three men robbed the customer who’d just left. Doshi did not have further information on the customer who’d been robbed because he had heard about it secondhand through one of his employees. The Wicker Park 7-Eleven robbery was mentioned on a Twitter feed that publishes calls to police scanners — but the tweet mistakenly said the robbery happened in the store and not just outside of it.
The convenience store robberies prompted a police alert on Sunday afternoon. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Bureau of Detectives – Area North at 312-744-8263 and reference cases JB-511685, JB-511696 & JB-511692 Reference: P18-N-291