The usually sleepy Andersonville neighborhood is at the center of a police robbery alert after three victims were robbed at gunpoint last Thursday.
In each case, victims have been approached on the street by two offenders who are armed with a handgun, police said.
|The first victim was robbed outside of Pauline’s Restaurant, police said. | Google|
The first victim was robbed outside of Pauline’s Restaurant, 1754 West Balmoral, at 1:30 a.m. She told police that the offenders pulled out a gun and took her purse and cash before running westbound on Balmoral.
|The second victim was robbed here, in the 1400 block of West Catalpa. | Google|
Later that day, the second victim was robbed as she walked near her home in the 1400 block of West Catalpa around 10 p.m. She said two offenders in hoodies put a gun to her head and took her purse and phone. They then fled toward Clark Street.
The third victim was robbed moments later by two armed men in the 1400 block of West Berwyn, police said. He last saw the men near Starbucks at 5300 North Clark.
|After the third robbery, the suspects were last seen near this Starbucks at 5300 North Clark | Google|
Police said the suspects are both black or Hispanic men, 19-21-years old, and 5’7” to 5’9” tall. One weighs about 130 pounds, and the other is much heavier, perhaps 200 pounds.
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Area North investigators at (312) 744-8263.
A Great Neighborhood
So, how tame is Andersonville? The two police beats where these three hold-ups took place have seen a combined total of 22 robberies so far this year. By comparison, Wrigleyville and Boystown had 23 robberies in June.