|The 7-Eleven at 2600 Lincoln, targeted this morning. (Google)|
|Scenes of Lincoln Park-area robberies connected|
to this morning's arrestees.
At 2:30AM, the clerk of a nearby 7-Eleven store at 2600 Lincoln reported that he was hiding in a back room after seeing two masked men walk into the store. The offenders fled the scene empty-handed.
But the thugs' lucky streak came to an end after Chicago police happened upon their escape from the robbery of yet another 7-Eleven store near Halsted and Grand at 3 o'clock this morning. There, the offenders allegedly pistol-whipped one employee and then cut a second clerk with the victim's own box cutter. Police sources say the same store was targeted in an armed robbery last Friday.
Police pursued the vehicle all the way to Cicero and Grand, where the driver was arrested and up to three other offenders bailed out on foot. One runner was arrested behind a nearby warehouse, but two others are believed to have escaped.
|Three robberies in Boystown and nearby Lake View connected|
to the spree.
Police recovered a handgun and clothing from the suspects' vehicle, a black Ford Escape with Indiana plates.
In a development that will surprise few with knowledge of the Chicago Police Department's remarkably cheap operation, no canine units or helicopters were on duty anywhere in the city to assist beat officers with this morning's search.
Charges—lots of charges—are pending.
The CasesThe suspected robbery crew is believed to have conducted at least 9 gunpoint robberies since March 11:
• 7-Eleven, Broadway & Waveland, at 3:45AM on Wednesday, March 11
• 7-Eleven, Clark & Southport, at 3:30AM on Friday, March 20
• 7-Eleven, Halsted & Grand, on Friday, March 20
• 7-Eleven, Clark & Southport, at 8:17AM on Sunday, March 22 (2nd robbery at this store)
• 7-Eleven, 2710 Lincoln, at 2:15AM on Wednesday, March 25
• 7-Eleven, 1349 Fullerton, at 2:23AM on Wednesday, March 25
• Circle K/Shell, Diversey & Racine, 2:23AM today
• 7-Eleven, 2600 Lincoln, 2:30AM today
• 7-Eleven, Halsted & Grand, 3AM today (2nd robbery at this store)