Masked carjackers strike in Lakeview grocery store lot early Tuesday

The Jewel-Osco store at 2940 North Ashland, | Google

A group of gunmen carjacked a man in the parking lot of a Lakeview grocery store early Tuesday, police said. No one is in custody.

The 24-year-old victim told police that three men wearing ski masks emerged from two cars and demanded his property around 2:55 a.m. in the Jewel-Osco parking lot at 2940 North Ashland. One of the robbers then used the victim’s key fob to locate his car in the parking lot and drove it away.

Investigators subsequently tracked the vehicle—a Nissan Altima with license plate AT34837—to the 6700 block of South Lafayette in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, according to a police department spokesperson.

Two of the robbers arrived in the parking lot in a small black vehicle with tinted windows that was driven by a third person. Another robber emerged from a white car that was driven by another person.

The primary offenders were three black males wearing black ski masks, according to police.

This morning’s carjacking is at least the fourth to be reported in the 19th (Town Hall) and 20th (Lincoln) Police Districts in a little over a week. Four vehicular hijackings were committed in the area last Monday and Tuesday: in the 800 block of West George; the 2500 block of North Bosworth; the 2100 block of West Belle Plaine, and in the 1600 block of West Farragut.

Previous Coverage

Gunmen carjack man in Lakeview early Monday (August 27th)

Andersonville, Lakeview carjackings may be connected, police source says (August 28th)

Exclusive: North Side carjacking crew strikes two more times on Tuesday (August 29th)

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