Old Town carjacking likely tied to recent cases in Lakeview, source says

A carjacking in the Old Town neighborhood on Sunday afternoon appears to be the work of a crew that is responsible for at least two similar crimes in Lakeview last week, according to a CPD source.

Two offenders approached the woman, robbed her, and took control of her white four-door BMW on the 1200 block of North Schick around 4:15 p.m. August 9, according to a police report. Both carjackers were armed, the woman said.

The men arrived in a small gray Nissan Sentra that was driven by an accomplice, the CPD report said. A similar vehicle has been used in other recent carjackings, a source said.

Both vehicles were last seen heading north on Cleveland Avenue. The woman was not injured.

Investigators believe the same offenders may be responsible for trying to carjack a woman outside a Lakeview Office Depot and another woman near Hamlin Park days earlier.

Around 5:05 p.m. Saturday, a woman managed to escape from three would-be carjackers who tried to rob her in a Lakeview strip mall parking lot at 2928 North Ashland. The offenders got into the woman’s car, but they couldn’t take it because she ran into a nearby store with its key.

And at 11:30 last Thursday, two women were carjacked as they sat in a car on the 1900 block of West Nelson. The victims said a man walked up to the driver’s side of their car and said he was lost before he pulled out a handgun and forced them from the vehicle. He was with another man, police said.

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