By Bob Uphues
Three men wearing masks, one of whom implied he was armed with a handgun, robbed 7-Eleven, 2600 Harlem Ave., on the night of Sept. 5, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.
According to police, the clerk on duty said the three men all came inside the store about a half hour before the robbery, walked around, bought nothing and left.
At about 8:50 p.m. they returned, said police. No one other than the clerk was inside the store at the time. The men immediately went behind the counter, reportedly threatened the clerk by implying but not displaying a handgun and grabbed the proceeds from the store. The clerk was not harmed.
The three men left the store through the rear emergency exit. The clerk told police he didn't see a vehicle and a witness told police he saw three men running behind the Red Wing Shoes store across 26th Street to the north.
Police, including a North Riverside K-9 unit, searched the area for suspects but were unable to locate any.
The incident was captured on surveillance cameras inside the store. All three suspects are Black males and wore face coverings.
The first was of medium build, wearing a red hat, blue jeans and a black T-shirt. The second, also of medium build, wore a black sweatshirt with the words, "My Block, My Hood, My City" in blue print on it. He also wore multi-colored pants and yellow shoes. The third wore wearing camouflage hoodie.
Anyone with information is asked to call Riverside police at 708-447-2127 or send an anonymous email to email@example.com.