Amazon truck hijacked in Lakeview — one day after armed men confronted an Amazon driver in Boystown

Armed men hijacked an Amazon delivery truck in Lakeview on Thursday afternoon — one day after another group of armed men tried to rob an Amazon driver in Boystown. Now, cops think both incidents are linked to a growing pattern of crimes targeting the company’s delivery drivers downtown and on the North Side.

Around 1:45 p.m. Thursday, a 27-year-old man was making package deliveries on the 3700 block of North Marshfield when a gunman walked up and demanded his property, Officer Hector Alfaro said.

The offender then took control of the man’s Amazon truck and drove away.

Police found the truck abandoned about one block away. Witnesses reported seeing three men leaving the scene in a silver car.

The crime is similar to an incident in Boystown on Wednesday evening.

In that case, several men who were all armed with guns confronted a 21-year-old package delivery driver on the 700 block of West Melrose around 9:10 p.m., Alfaro said.

But the woman didn’t stick around to see what they wanted. She ran away.

The crew returned to their car and drove away.

Police have not released descriptions of the suspects. Area Three detectives are investigating the incidents and several Amazon-related cases in Lincoln Park and the downtown area.

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