Cops investigating 3 robberies in Lakeview

Police are investigating three separate robberies that were reported in Lakeview on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Most recently, a 34-year-old Lyft driver was beaten and robbed of his phone on the 3600 block of North Halsted in Boystown. It started when the victim and the offender became involved in an argument in the east alley around 8:41 p.m., according to Chicago police.

The offender began punching the victim, took the man’s phone, and fled southbound in the alley, according to Officer Michael Carroll, a CPD spokesperson. An ambulance transported the victim to Thorek Hospital for treatment.

Carroll said the robber is a White man between 20- and 30-years-old who stands about 5’10” tall and weighs about 160 pounds. 

Earlier in the day, the BP station at 1200 West Belmont was robbed by a man who went behind the counter while wielding a knife. The offender pushed the female clerk out of the way, told her to open the register, and then took the station’s cash, according to a CPD report. 

The robber, described as a Black man who stands about 6-feet tall, was last seen westbound in the alley behind Belmont. He was wearing a puffy jacket and a green cap.

Around 12:20 p.m., another man robbed the Walgreens at 740 West Diversey, but his effort didn’t go smoothly. The man entered the store, took the cash register, hit an employee in the head with an iced tea, and fled.

A witness tackled the robber outside, causing the offender to drop the register, which was returned to the store. But, the bad guy got away.

Witnesses said he is a White man in his late 20’s or early 30’s who wore a gray sweater, green gloves, and blue jean shorts. He weighs 190 to 200 pounds and wore a Chicago Bears hat.

CWBChicago reported last month that robbery reports are climbing in Lakeview East after hitting record lows during the COVID outbreak. Nonetheless, robbery cases remain well below record-high levels seen in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Across the entire 19th (Town Hall) Police District, robberies are up 6% compared to last year, according to CPD data. Town Hall officers patrol the area between Fullerton, Lawrence, the Lake, and the Chicago River.

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