Police issue warning for Northwest Side businesses after string of armed robberies

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CHICAGO -- Police issued a warning on the Northwest Side after two armed robbers held up four businesses over the span of two hours early Saturday morning.

CPD detectives believe the same two men are responsible for hold ups at four different 24-hour businesses. They’re reviewing surveillance footage to see if they can identify the suspects.

The first happened just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning at a 7-11 in Schorsch Village. Police say the suspects showed a handgun, grabbed cash and sped away in a dark colored SUV. They then drove about five miles to a 24-hour Subway in Logan Square, police say, once again flashing a gun, stealing money and quickly driving away.

"It’s a 24-hour establishment and it’s like an easy target, [there's] not much traffic over here at night, so i guess it’s easy picking for the criminals," said customer Lowell Bey.

From there, police say the spree continued three miles away at another Subway in Old Irving Park.

“Who robs a subway? What are you going to steal? A 6-inch meatball sandwich?" asked surprised customer Lyndon Johnson.

A final robbery happened in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood in the 3000 block of N. Pulaski.

Police have only a vague description of the two suspects at this point – and they’re asking anyone who has information to contact detectives.