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Cops Warn of Armed Man Robbing Businesses on North, West Sides

By Emily Morris | September 30, 2013 7:26am
 Cops said one man is suspected of robbing businesses in multiple neighborhoods (File photo).
Cops said one man is suspected of robbing businesses in multiple neighborhoods (File photo).
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CHICAGO — Cops are warning of an armed man suspected of robbing multiple businesses on the West and Northwest sides recently.

In several of the robberies, the man entered businesses and implied a weapon to take cash, according to a community alert. In one robbery, he showed a handgun, and in another he showed what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun under a sweater, according to the alert.

He then took cash from the businesses before getting away, according to cops.

The most recent robbery happened in the 2300 block of West Chicago Avenue in Ukrainian Village on Sunday afternoon, according to police. Others happened at various businesses in Austin, Belmont Cragin and Portage Park, according to police.

He was described in the alert as a black man 30 to 45 years old, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-9 and weighing 150 to 165 pounds with a shaved head. He was seen wearing a gray T-shirt or a gray hooded sweatshirt, according to the alert.

Times and locations of the robberies, according to police:

• 2300 block of North Cicero Avenue at 10:10 p.m. Sept. 20

• 5600 block of West Roosevelt Road at 2:47 p.m. Sept. 21

• 4800 block of West Irving Park Road at 11:31 a.m. Sept. 23

• 5600 block of West Fullerton Avenue at 11:56 a.m. Sept. 23

• 1500 block of North Central Avenue at 5:35 p.m. Friday

• 2300 block of West Chicago Avenue at 4:08 p.m. Sunday

Cops asked anyone with information to call detectives at 312-744-8263.