Police say a robbery and separate carjacking in the Lincoln Park neighborhood Sunday night were the work of a hold-up team that struck the same area two times on October 11. The news came in a community alert from Area Three detectives Monday night.
Detectives said two offenders who get around in a black SUV with tinted windows approach victims and announce robberies while armed with handguns. Cars were taken in three of the cases, according to the alert.
Around 7:20 p.m. on October 11, a man and woman were robbed by two offenders who demanded their phones on the 600 block of West Dickens. After getting the victims’ property, the robbers ran southbound on Howe Street.
About four minutes later, two carjackers pulled a 55-year-old food delivery driver out of his vehicle in the 2000 block of North Burling. That victim told police he had just turned on the car’s engine when the offenders dragged him out of his silver 2013 Nissan Sentra, according to CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli.
Then, about 11:15 p.m. on November 1, a 38-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were sitting in a car on the 400 block of West Wrightwood when two men emerged from a passing black SUV. One of the offenders tried to rob the man of his bag, police said. The woman sped away before the robbery succeeded, and the offenders fled, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a CPD spokesperson.
About 20 minutes later, two men got out of a black SUV and forced a woman from her car in the 600 block of West Kemper, Alfaro said. The woman gave the men her valuables, and one of the men drove away in her car. She was not injured.
CPD’s community alert describes the robbers as two Black males between 16- and 24-years-old who stand 5’7” to 5’11” tall.
Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern P20-3-203.