West Loop, Lincoln Square robberies may be linked, police say

The same couple that held up a pizza place early Friday morning may also be responsible for a robbery at a convenience store.
March 28, 2014 8:19:08 PM PDT
The same couple that held up a pizza place early Friday morning may also be responsible for a robbery at a convenience store.

ABC7 has an exclusive look at two suspects believed to be responsible for an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven store in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The store clerk was held at gunpoint.

"It's very disheartening and I'm happy my employee was not injured or hurt, quite shaken up, of course. That's why I was here through the night," said Jeff Menier, 7-Eleven store manager.

ABC 7 has obtained images of a male suspect wearing a pink hoodie, his face covered with a scarf. A female suspect is just a few steps behind him. Chicago Police say the robbery happened last night, just before 10:30 at 2323 West Lawrence. The man and woman walked in, and police say the man removed a shotgun from a duffle bag.

"The gun was displayed and went behind the register, and they actually went behind the counter to carry on and go to the registers," said Menier.

Police say both suspects were wearing scarves to cover their faces. They say the woman swiped cash from the registers. It's shocking to some, but not to others.

"You have to expect that. It's all over, not just here," said Maureen Guinane, 7-Eleven customer.

In fact, three-and-a-half hours later, two robbers hit this Sarpino's Pizza store at 625 W. Lake Street. Police say a man and a woman sat down, ordered pizza, wrapped scarves around their faces, approached the register and announced a robbery.

The man, according to authorities, implied there was an explosive device in his duffle bag. Police say the woman took money from the vault.

Back in Lincoln Square, investigators return to the 7-11 on Friday.

"This is a family neighborhood, so it's pretty scary to think that's happening around here," said Terri Cavanaugh, hair stylist.

"I hope they're not sloppy and careless and somebody gets hurt," said Menier.

A Lincoln Square strip mall employee says the two suspects also entered a pizza restaurant near the 7-Eleven, but the manager refused them service because they were wearing scarves.

In both cases, descriptions of the offenders are similar. The man is described as white, 5'10 to 5'11, 150 to 160 pounds, wearing a scarf. The woman is white, 5'5" to 5'6" and around 35 years of age. She was wearing a skull cap and scarf.

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