A CVS in the Horner Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side was held up early Monday by a man who said in a thick Irish brogue that he wanted to “go home to Ireland” police said.
Staffers at the CVS, 3944 N. Western Ave., told police the robber had been inside the store twice in the hours before the robbery and asked to use the washroom, police said.
But the third time he was wearing dark sunglasses and a hoodie over his head when he knocked on the door of the employee room and told them the men’s washroom was “backed up’’ about 3:45 a.m., according to police.
When a staffer went inside to check it out, the robber drew a handgun and ordered the man to get on his knees while he asked him how much money was in the store, police said.
The staffer said that he didn’t know, but told the robber it “wasn’t much.’’
As the robber was binding the staffer's mouth and hands with duct tape, he said in a thick Irish accent: “You looked liked like a nice guy. I don’t want to hurt anyone. I just want to go home to Ireland,’’ according to a police report.
The robber took the worker’s cell phone and told him the stay in the bathroom. But the worker wrestled out of the tape and told the robber to take whatever he wanted and leave, the report said.
While walking him to the front of the store near the photo area where a woman was working, the robber said her name and stated: “You’re part of a robbery, how much is in the safe?’’ the report said.
The woman was “shocked” because she wasn't wearing her name tag. She became even more alarmed when he claimed he was “ready to shoot” after she told him she was pregnant.
The robber, who the woman recognized as a regular customer, escaped with an unknown amount of money in a small bag. He returned the worker’s cell phone.
No arrest were made.
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