Two robberies early Wednesday in Boystown, Uptown

One victim said he lost his wallet while “hanging out” with a stranger in the 700 block of West Aldine. | Google

Police are investigating two robberies that happened within minutes of each other in Boystown and nearby Uptown early Wednesday. No one is in custody.

A 48-year-old man told cops that his wallet was taken by an unknown man whom he was “hanging out and walking with” in the 700 block of West Aldine around 1:30 a.m. The offender reached into the victim’s pocket, grabbed his wallet, and ran northbound in the east alley of Halsted Street, according to a police report. The victim chased after the man for a distance, but was unable to keep up, police said.

The offender is a white man in his mid-20’s who stands about 5’8” tall. He was wearing a black hat, black shirt, and blue jeans.

The second victim was robbed near this driveway at 4260 N. Broadway. | Google

Also around 1:30 a.m., a 23-year-old Lakeview man was walking home when a black sedan began following him in the 4200 block of North Broadway, according to police. The car pulled into a driveway ahead of the man, and two offenders jumped out of the vehicle with one man displaying a handgun, police said.

Both robbers ordered the man to give them everything he had, and he complied, handing over an Apple Watch, wallet, and phone. The offenders then returned to their car and drove away.

The victim described the offenders as two very skinny Hispanic men in their early 20’s. One had facial hair and wore a black hoodie. The other wore a red hoodie. Their car, a black sedan or hatchback, was last seen heading north on Broadway.

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