Cops Again Warn Of Robbers Posing As Uber, Lyft Drivers

For at least the third time this year, Chicago police are warning the public of robbers who pose as ride-hailing service drivers on the North Side.

The offenders tend to work late at night and in nightlife districts where victims are more likely to be intoxicated and less thorough in screening their vehicles, a source said.

After picking up a victim, the drivers rob their targets by using physical force or by presenting a handgun, police said.

Recent incidents connected to the pattern have been reported:

• Early on May 28 in the 2000 block of North Halsted
• Early on June 4 in the 500 block of North Dearborn
• Early on June 4 in the 1100 block of North State
• Early on June 17 near State and Illinois
• Early on June 30 in the 2100 block of North Clark
• Early on July 16 in the 300 block of West Erie

The offenders have been described as two black women between 20-40 years old and one black male, police said.

Police are urging ride-hail customers to verify their vehicle’s license plate, car make and model, and driver’s name before getting into a vehicle.

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