Two robberies near Lathrop Homes prompts police warning

Two recent robberies with similar characteristics have prompted police to issue a community alert for the Lathrop Homes neighborhood. Detectives typically issue community alerts when they think a person or group is responsible for multiple crimes.

Both robberies in the new bulletin involve a man who pushes his victims to the ground and then wrestles for control of their valuables, police said.

One robbery unfolded on the 2800 block of North Leavitt around 8:30 p.m. on June 17. The other took place on the 2000 block of West Diversey around 4 p.m. on June 19.

Police said the suspect is a Hispanic man who wears a black cloth mask and a dark green top. He stands 5’8″ to 5’10” tall and weighs 160 to 180 pounds, according to the alert.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263. The case numbers are JE-270237 and JE-272148.

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