Police have issued a community alert after detectives linked two recent robberies in the West Loop with another in Little Italy.
According to the alert, one or two men are walking up to victims and demanding their property at gunpoint. One time, the offenders tried to take the victim’s car, but they weren’t successful, police said.
In another robbery, one of the robbers ordered the other to shoot the victim, a source said.
“Thank God the kid didn’t have the courage to pull the trigger,” the source said.
According to the alert, the first robbery was reported in an alley behind the 1500 block of West Warren around 5:30 p.m. on August 1.
At 2:10 a.m. on August 6, they struck again on the 600 block of South Loomis.
That night, around 9:15 p.m., they robbed a man in the 1500 block of West Jackson. One of them then told the other to shoot the victim in the leg, the source said, calling the offenders a “nasty crew” that is likely responsible for even more cases.
The CPD alert said the robbers are two Black men in their early 20’s. They were seen using a black four-door sedan after the Jackson hold-up, the source said.
Anyone with information about the crimes can contact detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern #P21-3-094.