Police Search For Robber Who Held Up Burger King

Evanston police are searching for an armed robber who approached two employees at the Burger King in the 1800 block of Dempster Street and demanded money from the safe.

Evanston police are searching for an armed robber who they say held up the Burger King at 1829 Dempster St. early Wednesday morning.

The man entered the store carrying a handgun around 6:10 a.m., according to police, just after it opened for business. He approached the two employees on duty and demanded they give him money from the store’s safe, then forced them into the store's freezer, police said.

They handed over approximately $1,000 in cash and coins to the man, who ran out the rear service door, according to police.  Contacted Wednesday morning, a Burger King employee declined to comment on the incident.

Evanston police detectives are reviewing video surveillance cameras from the restaurant, and released a description and photographs of the suspect. Police say he is a black male between 5’3” and 5’5” tall, of medium complexion and medium build who was wearing a black winter coat with fur around the hood. 

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the police department at 847-866-5000 or use the anonymous Text-A-Tip service. To do so, text the keyword “EPDTIP” to the number 274637 (CRIMES) along with the information.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include additional information from the police.

victoria smith January 03, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Maybe fast food chains should reconfigure how their stores are planned out, by putting in bullet proof windows all the way across where people order food. Like they do in allot of gas stations. At least it didn't end up like the Kentucky Fried Chicken inncident several years back. People who work in places like that are such a target. So sad that you have to watch your back no matter where you go.
Festus McMoron January 03, 2013 at 01:59 PM
...the idiot is probably walking around evanston in the same coat in the picture. put him on an ice flow in the artic with a whopper.
Mofly January 03, 2013 at 02:34 PM
The quality from the cameras is what you expect in 80's. I am shocked Burger King (hey any retailer in Evanston) is being so cheap with the safety of their employees. The investment is very, very minimal. Current IP-Based camera systems, especially those from companies like Axis cost less than half of whatever that system did when this camera system was probably purchased> The cameras can even be wireless and will definitely allow you to see facial features clearly and detail that are incredible. They use progressive-scan technology and "alarm" only when someone walks into their field of view. If they alarm, the previous 30 seconds is appended to the beginning of the video so you can see what happened 30 seconds before the event. Plus, the cameras can be remotely accesses from a PC or smartphone. They store video on a hard drive inside a typical PC that should be in a locked, hidden or armored cabinet. The size of the hard drive is sized to match the typical activity level and the number of days you want to retail the video. I see stories like this and just shake my head. Burger King, please give your employees a break! This is pathetic.
Mofly January 03, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Browns Chicken - Palatine - 1993...Not Kentucky Fried Chicken, but we get your point. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown's_Chicken_massacre
Procrustes' Foil January 04, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Excellent information, Mofly. Perhaps we should boycott Burger King and others who fail to protect their employees.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »