Five robberies in Lakeview, Lincoln Park over past week

Five robberies have been reported in Lakeview and Lincoln Park over the past week. There are no clear indications of connections between the cases. One victim was shot twice with a pellet gun. Here’s a look at what has been reported:

Lincoln Park

On Dec. 30th, a victim reported being robbed at gunpoint in the 1900 block of North Kenmore by two men who then shot him twice with the weapon, which turned out to be a pellet gun, according to police. The victim told police that the offenders emerged from a small silver 4-door car and approached him around 8:30 p.m. According to the victim, the robbers were black men wearing all black clothing. One wore a gray stocking cap, the other wore a black knit hat, he said. They were last seen heading southbound in the car, which had a female in the passenger seat.

Two men reported being robbed in the 500 block of West Grant Place near Geneva Terrace around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday. Three offenders wearing masks over their faces implied that they had a firearm as they robbed the two men, according to a police report. The robbers were described as three black men between 18- and 21-years-old. All of the offenders wore hoodies, with one also wearing a flannel vest, the victims said. They were last seen heading eastbound on Grant Place.


On Sunday, Dec. 30th, a man reported being robbed at gunpoint by a masked offender in the 1600 block of West Melrose. The victim was outside his home with the man approached and took his money and phone at gunpoint. The offender was described only as having a “big head” and wearing a large coat.

Then, on Dec. 31st, a man and his female friend were robbed by three offenders near the intersection of School and Sheffield. The robbers implied that they were armed with a handgun, telling the man to “don’t be a hero,” as they took the couple’s valuables. According to the victims, the robbers were three black males with the primary offender wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans. The three were last seen heading west on School Street.

A teenage boy sought help from the staff of a Chipotle restaurant after he was reportedly robbed at knifepoint in the 2800 block of North Ashland at 7:15 p.m. on New Year’s Day. The boy said a masked man grabbed him, produced a knife, and made him hand over his keys, wallet, and phone. The offender then fled southbound on Ashland, the boys said.
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