A series of carjackings over the past five days has prompted Chicago police to issue an alert for residents of the 19th (Town Hall) police district. Community alerts are generally released when detectives believe a series of crimes have been committed by the same offender or group.
The alert lists three carjackings in which a group of offenders has targeted people who are sitting in parked cars. The offenders open the drivers-side door and order occupants out of the vehicles, police said. In one instance, a chrome handgun was displayed.
The three carjackings listed in the alert were:
• In the 4200 block of North Kenmore at 2:15 p.m. on July 19 (CWB original report here.)
• In the 1300 block of West Wellington at 10:30 p.m. on July 21 (Police originally stated that the incident took place in the 1500 block of West George. CWB original report here.)
• In the 2200 block of West Melrose at 7:15 p.m. on July 22. (CWBChicago has no information on this incident. However, police previously confirmed a carjacking at 7:15 p.m. on July 22 in the 4200 block of North Hazel. Our report on that incident is here.)
Police were unable to explain the discrepancies in the reports. In the incident on North Hazel, the offenders arrived in a white Toyota Camry. The three suspects were described as
• Male, black, 14-25 years old, 5’6” tall, 140 pounds
• Male, black, 16-25 years old, 5’8” tall
• Male, black, 16-25 years old
The community alert encourages residents to tell their neighbors about the crime pattern and to pay particular attention to any suspicious persons who are loitering in the area.
If you have information about the crimes, the Area North detectives can be contacted at (312) 744-8263