Police are warning businesses of two men who are suspected of robbing more than a dozen fast-food restaurants and small shops on the South and Southwest Sides since late September.
At least 13 robberies have taken place in the South Chicago, Calumet, Gresham and Morgan Park police districts from Sept. 19 through Nov. 9, according to an alert from Area South detectives.
The robbers, armed with silver or blue steel handguns and sometimes wearing masks, have gone into the businesses, jumped counters and demanded money, police said. During the robberies, they have pulled wires from surviellance equipment to try to disable it.
Usually, the two men have robbed several businesses in succession within a short time, police said.
Among the days and locations of some of the robberies have been: Sept. 19, about 9:13 a.m., at a restaurant in the 100 block of East 95th, street; Sept. 26 about 8:48 p.m., at a restaurant in the 200 block of East 103rd Street; Nov. 2, about 6:13 a.m. to a restaurant in the 11400 block of South Halsted Street; Nov. 4. About 6:05 a.m., to a drug store in the 8700 block of South Stony Island Avenue.
The robbers are distinctly different in height and weight, police noted, although they both are described as black men between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. One is 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-10 and weighing between 140 and 170 pounds, and the second is between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-4 and weighs between 200 and 275 pounds, police said.
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Area South detectives at 312-747-8273.