Evanston police say the CVS drug store at Howard and Asbury was held up early this morning.

Commander Tom Guenther says a man in his 30s entered the store at 101 Asbury Ave. around 1:45 a.m. Store clerks thought he was acting suspiciously, Guenther said, although he eventually picked out some items and went to the cash register to pay for them.

But when a clerk opened the register, he pulled a gun, demanded money and grabbed some from the cash drawer before fleeing the store on foot.

The store staff described the robber as a black male, 6-foot-2-inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds.

They say he had a short hair, a short scruffy beard and an unclean appearance — with black jogging pants torn at the cuffs, a black t-shirt and a white undershirt.

Guenther says officers in the area searched for the suspect but were unable to locate him, and the investigation is continuing.

The incident, Guenther says, appears to resemble other recent holdups at drug or convenience stores in Skokie and Chicago.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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