|Approximate locations of the four carjackings. | Multiplottr|
An armed carjacking in Lincoln Park on Monday evening has been connected to at least three similar crimes in the neighborhood since March 24th, according to a community alert issued by Chicago police.
Investigators now believe Monday’s crime is linked to carjackings on March 24th in the 2200 block of North Lincoln and the 2200 block of North Lincoln Park West as well as a carjacking in the 2300 block of North Cleveland on March 25th.
All of the crimes have been committed by two to four black males in their late teens or early 20’s who are using a dark gray colored SUV, according to the alert.
On Monday, a 26-year-old man was in the 2100 block of North Fremont at 9:25 p.m. when two men approached him—one on each side of his black 2008 Honda Civic. He told police that the offender on the driver’s side pulled out a handgun and ordered him out of the car. When he got out of the vehicle, the two offenders got in and drove away southbound on Fremont. Police said the stolen car’s license plate begins with BB870.
At 1 a.m. on March 25th, a 29-year-old man told police that four black male teenagers forced him to open his vehicle’s door and get out of his car in the 2300 block of North Cleveland.
One of the teens took the man’s gray Subaru Impreza with a license plate that beings with V930. The other three offenders fled the area in a dark colored SUV. The victim said thousands of dollars worth of surgical equipment was in the stolen car’s trunk.
On March 24th, a 48-year-old man was standing near the rear of his vehicle in the 2100 block of North Lincoln Park West around 9:45 p.m. when three offenders pulled up in a stolen gray Dodge Journey bearing a license plate that begins with BB97, according to officers on the scene.
Two men exited the Journey and repeatedly punched the victim in the face before they took the keys to his 2015 Jeep Cherokee and drove away with it. The stolen car, which bears a license plate number beginning with Z252 and has Uber stickers in the windows, was last seen heading south on Lincoln Park West, according to the victim.
Anyone with information about the carjackings may contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380 regarding pattern #P19-1-089B.