Police are investigating a series of armed robberies that have been reported this week in Wicker Park, Bucktown, and West Town. Most of the crimes involve men who wore ski masks, displayed guns, and traveled in a black SUV.
Two cases were reported Wednesday morning.
Around 6:30 a.m., two offenders ran up behind a man and his wife on the 1300 block of North Artesian and pointed guns at the couple. They took the man’s wallet and the woman’s purse, then fled in a black SUV that may have been a BMW, according to a CPD report.
Earlier Wednesday, two gunmen robbed a group of women on the 2000 block of West Division around 1:30 a.m. The offenders displayed handguns and took the victims’ phones and money before escaping in a black SUV.
On Monday, an armed robber pointed a gun at a woman and her children during a robbery on the 1800 block of North Wilmot in Bucktown, according to a CPD report. The offender took the woman’s purse and keys, then fled onto the Kennedy Expressway in a black BMW around 6 a.m.
Police are also looking at a robbery reported in the 1000 block of North Hermitage around 10 p.m. Sunday. A woman told police she was walking when two offenders confronted her with a handgun and took her money and phone before escaping in a black SUV.
Wednesday’s victims described the suspects as Black males in their teens or early 20s who stand about 5’7″ tall, according to CPD reports.