Cops: Weekend robbery of concealed carry holder linked to armed hold-up team

The armed robbery of a concealed-carry holder in Streeterville over the weekend is part of a broader crime pattern, police said in a community alert late Tuesday.

Detectives have now linked at least four armed robberies to the men who held up the concealed gun licensee and took her firearm as she sat on the 400 block of North New Street around 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

The crime pattern involves two men who walk up to victims and begin a conversation before one of them pulls out a handgun and announces a robbery, police said. Detectives linked four cases to the team since August 24:

  • Around 9:15 a.m. on August 24, the men confronted a woman in front of a home on the 1800 block of North Dayton in Lincoln Park. 
  • The team struck again on the 800 block of North Michigan during the evening of August 27, according to the alert. But CPD records indicate the robbery actually took place nearby on the 800 block of North Mies van der Rohe at 8:30 p.m. that night.
  • That same night, they robbed a victim on the 600 block of North Kingsbury around 10:30 p.m.
  • In Saturday’s robbery, a 23-year-old woman was legally carrying a concealed handgun as she sat on a bench when armed men robbed her of her pistol and other property, according to a CPD spokesperson.

Detectives described the suspects as two Black men between 17- and 25-years-old who stand 5’8” to 6’1” tall and weigh 140 to 165 pounds.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern P20-3-169.

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