Evanston police say they now believe the same man tried to hold up two businesses in different business districts just a few minutes apart Monday afternoon.

Cmdr. Ryan Glew says at 4:34 p.m. officers were dispatched to Close Knit at 1630 Orrignton Ave., where a 52-year-old female employee said a man had entered the store and displayed what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband while say, “Open the cash register or I’ll shoot.”

The woman yelled at the subject to get out, and he fled from the store.

Then at 4:43 p.m. officers were called to Thrift House at 920 Chicago Ave., where a 47-year-old female employee told them a man had  walked in, displayed what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband and said, “Give me all your money.”

The worker turned over about $330 in cash and the robber then fled the store.

Glew says it appears the same man was responsible for both incidents. He’s described as black, at least 50, and perhaps more than 60 years old, about 5-feet-8-inches tall and with a thin build.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Evanston Police Department at (847) 866-5040 or use Text-A-Tip by texting CRIMES (274637) and entering EPDTIP in the message line, followed by the tip information.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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