Armed robbery team targeting victims in retail parking lots

Approximate locations of the three robberies. | Multiplottr

Chicago police on Saturday issued a community alert warning North Side residents about an armed robbery crew that has pulled off three hold-ups in retail store parking lots since Thursday evening. No one is in custody.

CWBChicago first reported on the crew after they robbed a woman of her purse in the Aldi parking lot at 2431 West Montrose around 6:40 p.m. on June 13th.

Police say the same team is responsible for pulling off a pair of armed robberies in Walgreens parking lots on Friday evening:

• Two men were robbed of their wallets by a gunman and an accomplice who confronted them in the Walgreen’s lot at 4001 North Pulaski at 5:10 p.m. The offenders then fled the area in a beige or gold Ford Escape that was occupied by a third person, police said.

• At 5:43 p.m., a woman was robbed at gunpoint of her purse in the parking lot of Walgreens at 4010 West Lawrence, police said. Again, the offender fled with accomplices in a Ford Escape.

The primary offender in all of the robberies has been a white or Hispanic man with a tattoo on the left side of his face. He’s 30- to 35-years-old, 5’8” to 5’10” tall, and slim with brown hair. One victim said he may have a pierced lip.

Police said the second robber is a white male between 20- and 30-years-old who stands 5’5” to 5’7” tall. He has short, light-colored hair also has facial tattoos.

The community alert offered no description for the third offender.

A stolen Hyundai Elantra with North Carolina plates that was used by the robbers on Thursday has been recovered by police, according to a source.

Anyone with information about the crimes or the offenders may contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263 about pattern #P19-N-158.

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