Man robbed at gunpoint, woman’s car stolen minutes apart in Wicker Park this morning

Police are investigating an armed robbery and an auto theft that unfolded minutes apart Monday morning in the Bucktown neighborhood.

Surveillance video was rolling as two men snuck into the woman’s dark blue 2020 Lexus as she loaded boxes into her building’s recycling bins on the 1600 block of North Hermitage around 8:15 a.m.

The car was last seen heading eastbound on North Avenue, CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said. Fortunately, the 69-year-old victim was not injured.

A few minutes earlier, three men robbed a victim at gunpoint and tried to take his car on the 2200 block of Wabansia, according to preliminary information from CPD.

The official police report was not finalized at the time of this post, but the victim reportedly told cops that at least two offenders pulled out a gun and tried to take his car around 8 a.m. They didn’t get the car, but they did get away with the man’s phone, according to early information.

He told police the robbers were two black males dressed in all black clothing. One is about 5’5” tall, and the other is about 5’7” tall. The taller suspect reportedly had the gun.

Area Five detectives are investigating both cases.

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