WICKER PARK — Police are searching for a man who entered a Wicker Park T-Mobile store Wednesday, followed a clerk to a back room and, after displaying a gun, stuffed 15 cellphones into a duffel bag.
The man entered the store, 1639 N. Milwaukee Ave., around 8:10 p.m. Wednesday and inquired about a cellphone. He then followed the clerk to the back of the store, pushing her down, a police source said.
The alleged robber, who fled on foot and is not in police custody, was described as a black male between the ages of 25 to 30, standing between 5 feet, 7 to 10 inches tall, and weighing around 150 to 170 pounds, police said.
Officer Janel Sedevic, a police spokeswoman, said the man was wearing a black baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black leather jacket.
According to a police source, the employee told the robber, "Don't kill me." The robber replied: "I've got family, that's why I'm doing it," according to the police source.
A store manager saw the alleged thief flee the store and ran back to check on the worker, the source said.
Scott Goldberg, a spokesman for T-Mobile, said, "We are working with law enforcement and cannot provide additional comments while the investigation is ongoing."
Meanwhile, the store was closed for business Thursday, with a sign in the window informing customers of the nearest T-Mobile store at 2859 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square.