Tourists Robbed Of $20K After Following GPS Into Lower Wacker Drive This Morning

Two tourists were robbed near the intersection of Columbus Drive and Lower Wacker Drive, police said.

UPDATE 6:49 PM — Within the hour, Chicago police issued the following media alert: “UPDATE – The incident has been determined to be unfounded. UPDATE – A 27 year-old male and female are in custody and charges are pending for false reports.”  CWBChicago will publish an update once charges are finalized.


Two tourists who allowed their GPS to lead them into catacombs of Lower Wacker Drive are probably regretting it this morning.

Chicago police say a man and a woman, both 27, were confronted in Downtown’s famous underbelly by three men who proceeded to rob them around 1:50 a.m. today in the 300 block of North Columbus.

One offender produced a knife while the crew relieved the visitors of at least $20,000 in cash and property, a police spokesman said.

Taken were a wedding ring valued at $12,000; a $3,000 suitcase; a $2,000 MacBook Air; a $300 suitcase; and a $150 iPad Mini, the department said.

On Twitter, @Chicago_Scanner reported that the reported proceeds also included a $1,900 Burberry purse and $5,000 cash.

Police offered no descriptions of the offenders who fled in an unknown direction.

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