Cops link recent robberies in Lincoln Park and Boystown

Two robberies last week in Lincoln Park and Boystown are likely the work of the same offenders, according to a community alert issued by Area North detectives.

Police linked a robbery on the 500 block of West Arlington at 11:55 p.m. Oct. 21 with another that occurred at 4:07 a.m. on Oct. 23 in the 3500 block of North Halsted. The alert mistakenly lists the Halsted Street robbery time as 4:07 p.m.

In the Arlington case, a 31-year-old man told police that two offenders robbed him at gunpoint as he stood on the sidewalk. The robbers fled eastbound on Arlington after collecting the man’s valuables, according to a CPD spokesperson.

The victim said the robbers are two black men in their early 20’s. One is about 6-feet tall and wore a black leather coat over a black hoodie. The other wore all black clothing.

The second victim said two offenders implied they had a handgun and robbed him near a gas station on Boystown’s bar strip. The victim gave the men his valuables and the robbers fled southbound in the west alley of Halsted Street, he said.

Police at the scene said the robbers were two black men in their mid-20’s. One of the men wore a red sweater, and the other wore a brown or orange sweater.

Anyone with information about the robberies can contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263. Mention pattern #19-3-284.

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