Teens robbed 4 women in Lincoln Park last week, cops say

Approximate locations of the robberies.

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Chicago police say a group of teenagers is responsible for four separate robberies last week in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Detectives issued a community alert Wednesday night to warn about the pattern.

In each robbery, the group robbed a woman of her purse or phone as she walked alone during the afternoon or evening hours. The offenders threatened to shoot one of the women, but they did not display a weapon.

According to the alert and information collected by CWBChicago:

  • At 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, three robbers pushed a woman and took her phone as she walked on the 2300 block of North Janssen. The woman said the offenders were three black male teenagers, one of whom wore a blue sweatshirt. They fled southbound in an alley toward Clybourn.
  • The second victim was robbed at 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 22 on the 2000 block of North Sheffield
  • At 12:45 p.m. on Oct. 26, two offenders approached a woman from behind and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t hand over her purse. 
  • A woman sought help from a North Avenue retailer after the offenders jumped her and took her belongings as she walked on the 900 block of West Concord at 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Police said in Wednesday’s community alert that the robbers are 14- to 19-years-old and between 5’6” and 6’2” tall.

Anyone with information about the robberies can contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380. Refer to pattern #P19-1-358.

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