A man steals the cash register at Cafe Tola in Logan Square. Credit: Instagram

LOGAN SQUARE — Logan Square businesses reported another string of robberies as the Northwest Side continues to struggle with a rise in incidents.

Around 5:50 a.m. Thursday, a man broke through the front door of a business in the 2400 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, stole the cash register and fled on foot, police said.

Cafe Tola, 2489 N. Milwaukee Ave., posted surveillance footage on social media of the brazen Thursday morning robbery.

In the post, Cafe Tola said no one was hurt and that they do not keep cash in their stores because of “situations such as this one.”

“[T]his should be a warning call for all Small business/business [sic] owners to please take all safety precautions possible to protect what we have worked so hard for,” the post read. “We should all communicate and take diligent action to minimize and prevent situations like this from happening.”

Around 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, three armed men wearing ski masks entered a business in the 2500 block of West North Avenue and demanded money from the registers, escorting a victim to the back before fleeing, police said.

About 15 minutes later, inside a business two blocks west on North Avenue, three men wearing ski masks demanded valuables from four people, police said. The four victims complied and the men fled north on Talman Avenue, police said.

No one is in custody for any of the incidents and detectives are investigating, police said.

Robberies have surged this year on the Near West and Northwest Sides. Neighbors have told Block Club they feel scared, exasperated and unsure about what city officials are doing to stem the attacks.

During a post-City Council press conference last week, Johnson said the city’s robbery problem was “top of mind.”

“This is an issue that I take extremely seriously, as these incidents are extremely traumatic and can have a lasting impact on a person’s life,” Johnson said. “I want residents to know that under my leadership and the leadership of our newly appointed Supt. Larry Snelling, the Chicago Police Department is determined to analyze and identify these robbery patterns as quickly as possible.”

Last month, the mayor promised “a strategic plan” was in place to address rising robberies in partnership with the state and county, but did not divulge details.

At his confirmation hearing late last month, Snelling said he was dedicating teams to curtailing robberies and using technology to track repeat offenders and crews.

In a meeting last month with neighbors in Humboldt Park, one Chicago Police official said state police have been “instrumental” in helping Chicago officers catch armed robbery suspects.

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