Store employee, customer among 5 robbed at gunpoint on Goose Island: 'He was shook up'

ByCate Cauguiran and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Monday, November 13, 2023
Store employee, customer among 5 robbed at gunpoint on North Side
A Restaurant Depot employee and customer were among five people robbed at gunpoint on Goose Island in the 1000 block of West Division Street.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A group of thieves robbed five people at gunpoint Sunday afternoon on Chicago's North Side, police said.

One employee at a wholesale restaurant supply store said at least two of victims, his coworker and a customer, were robbed in the store's parking lot.

Police are now trying to track down the group of robbers who held up multiple people at gunpoint in broad daylight on Goose Island.

Eddie Pickens, who works at the Restaurant Depot off Division Street, said his coworker was one of the victims.

"He was out here, helping a customer, putting groceries in the car, and three masked men came out of nowhere, and at gunpoint, robbed them," Pickens said.

Police said the robberies happened in the 1000 block of West Division Street just after 2 p.m. Pickens said it was about an hour before the store's closing time.

"It was broad open in the daylight, and the customers were all out," Pickens said.

Police said four robbers got out of a dark-colored SUV and pointed guns at the victims while demanding their property. Then, the robbers got back in the SUV and drove away.

Pickens' coworker told him the robbers took off with his wallet and the customer's belongings.

"He was shook up, shook up pretty bad," Pickens said.

CPD said three male victims and two female victims were robbed. Their ages were not immediately known.

Thankfully, Pickens said, his coworker and the customer were not hurt. CPD said there were no reported injuries and there is no one in custody. Area Three detectives are investigating

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