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Chicago police are investigating at least three separate robberies reported in the Lakeview neighborhood since Thursday. The crimes do not appear to be related.
The most recent robbery took place early Sunday on the 1500 block of West Belmont, police said. A 28-year-old man reported that two men approached him and asked for a cigarette around 12:45 a.m. When the man told them, “no,” one of the offenders grabbed him around the neck and threw him to the ground, according to Officer Michael Carroll of CPD’s Office of News Affairs.
Carroll said the offender then went into the victim’s backpack and took property before running westbound on Belmont with his accomplice. The victim said the robbers took a wallet and a camera.
He said both robbers are black men who stand about 5’7” tall. One wore a red sweater.
Police said a man reported being robbed early Thursday near Boystown’s Halsted Street bar strip.
An unknown offender approached the man from behind, threw him to the ground, and took his wallet near the intersection of Halsted and Buckingham around 2 a.m., the man said.
The offender, described as a white male who stands about 5’9” tall, wore a gray jacket and blue pants. He was last seen heading southbound on Halsted Street, according to the victim.
A man reported being robbed of his debit card outside the Diversey Brown Line station on Friday evening.
The victim told police that a man approached him and started fighting with him outside the station shortly before 8 p.m. He said the offender fled westbound on Diversey after getting control of his card.
No description of the suspect is available.