Hijacking pattern identified in Avondale and Albany Park, cops say

A carjacking alert has been issued for Albany Park and Avondale after detectives linked a series of recent hijackings to the same suspects.

Police said two or three men use a vehicle to block a victim’s path and then get out while displaying handguns. They rob the victims of phones and wallets then drive away with their cars, according to police.

The crew robbed a woman of her purse and iPhone and took her white 2018 Kia Optima on the 3300 block of North Troy at 11:14 p.m. on September 23.

Two days later, a group of men wearing masks robbed a man of his phone, wallet, and keys on the 3100 block of West Sunnyside around 10:30 p.m. They then drove away with his white Hyundai Tucson, according to a police report.

Around 2:14 p.m. on September 28, two men pointed a gun at a woman and began to carjack her on the 4300 block of North Bernard. But the offenders ended the hijacking before getting the woman’s car for some reason, and they fled the scene.

Police said the group consists of two or three Black males between 18- and 30-years-old who wear dark clothing and ski masks.

Anyone with information about them can contact Area Three detectives about crime pattern #P21-5-080 at 312-746-7394.

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