There were eight more armed or strong-arm robberies in Oak Park last week.

A gunman who failed to impress one North Avenue store owner Friday night got $650 from another nearby store minutes later. The man walked into both stores, placed merchandise on the counter and pulled a silver semi-automatic handgun when the clerk opened the cash register.

Around 7:15 p.m. the man attempted to rob the Deals store, 6405 North Ave., telling the clerk, “Give me all your f****** money or I’ll blow your f****** head off.” He left empty-handed though, after the store manger simply closed the cash drawer and started at him. Less than 10 minutes later, a man entered the North Avenue Fresh Market, pulled a silver semi-automatic handgun and said, “I’m only doing this to you.” He then took $650 from the cash drawer and ran out of the store.

“We’re assuming it’s the same guy,” Commander Len Jorgensen said Monday. Detectives are analyzing a security tape of the scene provided by the store.

Monday evening, Aug. 4, an Oak Park man and a teenager were walking on the 200 block of South Kenilworth around 7:30 p.m. when a man described as 17-18 years old ran up and grabbed the boy’s cellphone. When the boy started to resist the thief said, “Back off, or I’ll shoot you,” though he displayed no gun.

A second thief then demanded of the man, “What you got?” Told he had only a cellphone, the thief reached into the man’s pocket and took the phone. The robbery is similar to two robberies that occurred within minutes of each other on the 200 block of North Austin Boulevard, July 28.

The evening of Aug. 7, around 8 p.m., an Oak Park boy looking to buy six iPods was robbed of nearly $500 instead. The victim had just met another boy on the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue when he noticed three other teens, bandanas across their mouths and noses, running toward him. He tried to run, but was caught and punched in the back of the head by one of the thieves. They then took his backpack, which contained $496. The backpack was recovered nearby, without the money.

Earlier that afternoon on the 1150 block of South Home Avenue, an Oak Park teen was chased down by another teen who pinned him against a fence and stole his cellphone.

About midnight Aug. 10, a man riding a bike by Park National Bank, 6010 North Ave., was robbed by two men in their late teens. The pair jumped out of a dark-colored car, ran up to the man and hit him in the torso and head with a baseball bat, knocking him off his bike. One man kept striking him with the bat while the second man reached into the victim’s pocket and pulled out his wallet, which contained $200. The two then ran back to their car and fled. The man was treated for his injuries and released.

The afternoon of Aug. 11, a young man, bike-riding near Scoville and Erie, was approached by two 11- to 13-year-old boys, one of whom hit him with a pair of hedge clippers and stole his bike.

And shortly before 1 a.m., Aug. 12, a man walking on Austin Boulevard, north of Division Street, was attacked by two young men who threw him to the ground and stole his backpack. The loss was $821.

Suspicious man approaches RF girl

A River Forest girl was approached by a strange man on a bike on Division Street by Bonnie Brae, the evening of Aug. 3. The man, described as a thin, 6-foot-tall African American, 25-30 years old, riding a blue bike with a bell, referred to the girl as “Sweetie” and asked her to assist him with a task. The girl reported seeing the same person again the afternoon of Aug. 4.

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