Old Town, Boystown Robberies May Be Connected, Cops Say

Three people were robbed in two separate hold-ups early Saturday and police were working to see if the cases are related.

Just after 2 a.m. in Old Town, a 37-year-old man was walking in the 1600 block of North Orleans when three or four men exited a gold vehicle and approached him.

At least one of the offenders pulled out a handgun as the others demanded his property, according to police. The crew took the man’s wallet and phone, then asked for the victim’s PIN. He gave them a fake one and they took off.

Police said the offenders were black men with hoodies pulled over their faces who rode in a small, four-door gold car.

The 3100 block of North Broadway, near the scene where a man and woman were robbed early Saturday.

About 15 minutes later, a man and woman were robbed near Boystown in the 3100 block of North Broadway.

Police said the 25-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were walking when a silver or gold four-door sedan pulled up and three men emerged. At least one of the men had a handgun, police said.

The robbers took their victims’ valuables and returned to the car which sped off in an unknown direction. Police said the descriptions of the offenders on Broadway generally aligned with the descriptions given by the victim in Old Town.

On Thursday, police issued a community alert to warn about a robbery pattern in the Old Town area. The suspects in those hold-ups were reportedly using a white Nissan Maxima.

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