UPDATE MAY 7: The North Center victim was actually carjacked near Paulina and Augusta in West Town, according to police. The car is a gray 2011 Accura TSX.
Our original report follows.
At least two more armed carjackings are under investigation by Chicago police–one in our neighborhood and another in nearby North Center–as a spree of similar crimes seems to be continuing on the North Side.
On Saturday morning, a masked man with a gun carjacked a motorist in the lakefront parking lot at 3600 North Recreation Drive in Lakeview.
The lot, which is on Park District property, is frequently used by nearby residents and their visitors.
The offender took the victim’s cell phone, wallet, and 2015 Dodge Dart, in the 4 a.m. robbery, police said.
No description of the gunman is available other than a masked black male.
Meanwhile, a North Center man was pulled out of his car by two carjackers in broad daylight Friday afternoon.
The man told police that two black men in their mid-20’s yanked him from his gray 2011 Acura around 4:20 p.m. and then sped off.
No one is in custody.
A series of carjackings and auto thefts has been reported across the North Side over the past ten days.
|A Chicago police officer examines a Lakeview man’s vehicle that was taken in a carjacking Monday and later crashed nearby|
- A Lakeview man was pulled from his car at gunpoint and robbed near Newport and Sheffield around 10:15 p.m. on Monday night. One offender was arrested after crashing the victim’s car on a nearby side street. Two other offenders have eluded police.
- Last Sunday, a man was carjacked at gunpoint in the 500 block of West Cornelia.
- Chicago police issued an alert about seven auto thefts and a carjacking that were reported within 12 hours on Friday, April 28. One of those incidents was reported in Wrigleyville.