Lightning Fast: Armed robbery team in “electric blue” car pulls off 4 hold-ups in less than an hour on North Side

A two-person robbery crew with an electric blue car swept across the North Side, leaving four robbery victims in their wake Wednesday afternoon. The armed hold-ups were all carried out in less than 45 minutes, starting in the Irving Park neighborhood and ending in Uptown.

The first victim was robbed at 2:35 p.m. in the 3600 block of North Kimball. Police said a man was in the alley behind his home when a bright blue car with a dealer plate pulled up and a gunman emerged to demand his wallet and other valuables.

About ten minutes later, a man reported that two offenders wearing ski masks tried to rob him at gunpoint and the alley behind the 2600 block of West Montrose in Albany Park. The robbers left the scene empty-handed, though.

Then, around 2:50 p.m., a woman told police that two men wearing ski masks took her purse at gunpoint near the intersection of Sunnyside and Seeley in Lincoln Square.

Finally, around 3:10 p.m., an Uptown resident reported that a man wearing a black mask got out of a blue car and robbed them in the 4400 block of North Clark.

Both robbers were described as being very skinny black men in their late teens to early 20’s who stand 5’5” to 5’7” tall. One wore a baseball cap with a white tank top.  The other wore a black shirt. One victim said the gunman had a tattoo on his right cheek, but the other three victims said the primary offender wore a mask.

Witnesses said the getaway car is a four-door, electric blue Hyundai with tinted windows and a dealer license plate. Area North investigators are working the case.

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