|These men are wanted in connection with a series of muggings in the Loop since Thursday evening, police said.|
A two-man robbery and purse-snatching team has claimed at least three victims in the Loop since Thursday evening, according to a police department alert and a department source.
Area Central detectives issued an alert about the duo this evening, just a couple of hours after the men robbed their third victim.
Around 2:30 this afternoon, the men targeted a woman as she stood outside of Macy’s on the corner of Wabash and Washington. They wrestled away the woman’s purse and ran south on Wabash. The two were wearing the distinctive red and black jackets seen in the surveillance photo above, according to a source.
Police said in their alert that the offenders grabbed or punched two earlier victims who were thrown to the ground before being robbed. One robbery took place at 7:15 p.m. last Thursday in the 400 block of South LaSalle, police said. The other was reported on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. in the 400 block of West Harrison.
The suspects are males, 16- to 19-years-old, 5’9” to 6-feet tall, 135 to 165 pounds.
Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call Area Central investigators at (312) 747-8384.
Through St. Patrick’s Day, robberies in the Loop were up 80% over the same time last year. Muggings are up 326% in the area compared to 2014.