Knife-wielding man robbing NW Side stores

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Police are warning Northwest Side business owners of several robberies committed by a man with a knife in the last two weeks at small stores in the Logan Square and Irving Park neighborhoods.

The suspect enters, pulls a knife and demands money, according to the community alert from Area North detectives.

The robberies happened:

—in the 2300 block of North Avers at 11:58 a.m. on March 6;

—in the 4400 block of West Belmont at 5:38 p.m. on March 11; and

—in the 3700 block of West Armitage at 7:58 p.m. on March 15.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man 20-30, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6, and 130-150 pounds. During two of the burglaries, he was wearing a black ski mask and black hooded sweatshirt.

After the burglary on Belmont, he fled in a blue vehicle with temporary license plates, police said.

Business owners are advised to call 911 to report suspicious people and ensure their stores are equipped with surveillance video and holdup alarms.

Anyone with information should call detectives at (312) 744-8263.

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