NW Side businesses robbed over Christmas weekend; people inside Jefferson Park eatery robbed at gunpoint
Editor’s note: the posted picture of the commercial robbery in the 6300 block of West Irving Park Road is from the 16th and 17th District Chicago Police Scanner X page.
by BRIAN NADIG
For the second week in a row in the Portage-Jefferson Park area gunmen robbed a restaurant and at least one patron, while a breakfast eatery and a donut shop in the Dunning area were robbed at gunpoint over the weekend.
Several area convenience stores also were robbed on Christmas Eve and Day. No arrests in the recent robberies were reported, and one police source said robbing patrons at gunpoint inside restaurants demonstrates that the assailants are getting more brazen and not worried about being caught.
A man reported that at about 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, he was inside Tacqueria Amigo Chino 2, 5959 W. Lawrence Ave., when two men entered the restaurant and one of them pointed a gun at him and made him get on the floor, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police. The gunman reportedly grabbed the man’s cellphone from a table and took his wallet, which contained $200 in cash, police said.
One of the men reportedly then went up to the register and demanded money, police said. About $300 was reported stolen from the register, police said.
A customer who was waiting for his food was forced to give the gunmen his cellphone and $60 in cash, police said. The men fled in an unknown direction, police said.
One of the assailants was described as wearing a black mask, a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and white gym shoes, and the other a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes, police said.
A similar robbery occurred at about 11:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Gracie O’Malley’s pub, 4058 N. Milwaukee Ave., when three gunmen entered and forced a patron to the floor while a gun was pointed to the back of his head, stealing his wallet, police said. About $800 in cash was stolen from the register, police said.
The gunmen in the the pub were described as Black and wearing hoods and masks, police said.
In addition, the Eggcellent Breakfast restaurant at 6358 W. Irving Park Road in Dunning was reported robbed at gunpoint at about 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, according to police.
A waitress reported that a masked man walked behind the counter and pulled out a dark-colored revolver and pointed it toward her, police said. She reported that she went to the register and handed the assailant an unknown amount of cash, police said. (Picture of incident posted) The man, who was seen fleeing on foot, was described as White, age 25 to 30, 5-5 to 5-11, with blue eyes and wearing a mask and a white hooded sweatshirt.
Meanwhile, a gunmen robbed at about 7:40 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, the Dunkin’ at 7171 W. Irving Park Road, according to police.
The assailant displayed a revolver, and a clerk gave him an unknown amount of money from two registers, police said. The man was described as White, 5-2 to 5-3, 150 to 160 pounds and wearing sunglasses, a gray hooded sweatshirt, a black vest, black pants and a black baseball cap, police said.
The Addison Food and Liquor, 7532 W. Addison St., was reported robbed at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, when two gunmen enter and ordered one of the workers to the ground, stealing cash and alcohol, according to police.
One of the assailants reportedly described themselves as “family men” who just wanted money, police said. One of the men was described as White Hispanic, age 30 to 35, 5-6 to 5-8, 150 to 200 pounds and wearing a black ski mask, black jacket, white tee-shirt, black pants and white gym shoes, and the other as age 30 to 35, 5-9 to 5-10, 150 to 200 pounds and wearing a black ski mask, black jacket, white tee-shirt, black pants and black gym shoes, police said.
A clerk reported that about $400 in cash was stolen during an armed robbery at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec.24, at the 7-Eleven, 6540 W. Belmont Ave., according to police. The store remained open after the robbery, as an evidence technician was not ordered due to contamination of potential evidence by the customers, police said.
The gunman was described as 5-9, 140 to 150 pounds and wearing a black mask, black sweater, black pants and white shoes, police said.
An employee at the Subway at 3551 N. Central Ave. reported that the restaurant was robbed at gunpoint at about 12:50 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25, according to police. A man displaying a gun and wearing black clothing stole about $300, police said.
In the 17th (Albany Park) District, a gunman at about 4:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 25, robbed the Subway at 4303 W. Irving Park Road, according to police. The gunman fled on foot, police said.
The number of reported robberies in the 16th District this year is 181 through Dec. 24 compared to 122 during the same period in 2022, a 48-percent increase.
The number of reported robberies in the 17th District is 244 through Dec. 24 compared to 162 during the same period in 2022, a 51-percent jump.