CHICAGO — Chicago police are investing a string of armed robberies at 7-Elevens across the city.
Police say the robberies started early Monday when two 7- Elevens in Lakeview, one in Bucktown and another in Galewood were robbed.
Five more stores were robbed early Wednesday; one in the 2700 block of West Touhy Avenue, one in the 6800 block of North Western Avenue, one in the 3700 block of North Broadway one in the 500 block of West Grenshaw Street and one in the 900 block of West Monroe Street.
Police haven’t said if all of the robberies are connected, but the circumstances are similar. They enter the stores armed with handguns and took cash from registers. In the West Monroe instance, police said the group also demanded car keys from a customer and fled the scene in the customer’s 2017 black Jeep Cherokee.
Julie Darling with the West Loop Community Organization said she’s concerned about the crime and wants to see things change, including more accountability for criminals.
“The city is in crisis with the amount of crime that is going on,” Darling said. “Not just here in the West Loop but all over the city. If people can just walk in and get away with it like this, that’s gonna happen more and more too. It’s not one or the other, we have to focus on the root issues while we focus on also staying safe.”
She said the organization works a lot with CAPS in CPD’s 12th District.
She suggests any business owner call CAPS and ask them for a security check and said they will do it for free.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police.