While one member of a North Side carjacking crew has been captured, Chicago police on Monday issued a fresh community alert about vehicular hijackings that are connected to the criminal team. Monday’s warning may be an indication that detectives believe the gang is still committing crimes.
Monday’s alert refers explicitly to two carjackings in the Uptown neighborhood, but the information contained in earlier police reports and an arrest report make it clear that there are several other vehicular hijackings directly connected to the same group of robbers.
Two or three males in their late teens or early 20’s are approaching victims while they sit alone in parked or idling vehicles, police said in the alert. One or more robber approaches the victim and orders them out of the car at gunpoint or by forcefully pulling them out, the alert said.
The warning refers to a carjacking at 5:42 p.m. on November 2nd in the 4800 block of North Paulina and another around 7 p.m. on November 3rd in the 1000 block of West Winona as being connected to the criminals.
An Audi taken in the Winona carjacking was later recovered in the Little Village neighborhood, according to a police source.
Last Tuesday, police announced that a 17-year-old boy had been arrested in connection with the carjacking on Paulina in which a Honda Civic was taken.
Minutes after the Civic was stolen, it was used to carjack another man in the 4400 block of North Greenview. Another carjacking on October 30th in the Wrigleyville neighborhood is also believed to be connected to the robbery team, according to a police department source.
In Monday’s alert, police described the at-large offenders as two or three black men between the ages of 17 and 25. Anyone with information about the carjacking incidents or the offenders may contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263 about case numbers JB-500846 and JB-502347.
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