Lakeview East: Robbery, carjacking, and auto theft reported in 15 minutes Thursday night

A mini-crime spree swept through Lakeview East on Thursday evening, leaving a restaurant robbed, a man carjacked, and a restaurant patron without his car. The three crimes unfolded in less than 20 minutes.

First, a gunman entered the Dunkin’ at 2706 North Halsted and ordered the cashier to open their register around 8:55 p.m. The robber fled southbound on Halsted with an undetermined amount of cash. Police said the offender is a Black male who wore a face mask and a black jacket.

Approximate locations of the three incidents.

Then, at 9 p.m., a carjacker took control of a man’s Honda Civic at the intersection of Broadway and Diversey. The victim told police the offender held his hand under his jacket as if he had a gun. Police believe the Civic was used later in the night by a carjacking crew in Edgewater.

Minutes later, four men drove away with a green Honda CR-V that was left running outside Taco and Burrito House, 3038 North Broadway. The car’s owner was picking up an order from the restaurant at the time of the theft, according to a witness. A group of men used a green Honda CR-V during a carjacking in Wicker Park later Thursday.

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