Groups of armed men tried to force their way into ATMs on opposite sides of the city early Friday. Police are now trying to determine if the crimes are connected.
Most recently, at least three men used tools to break into the ATM vestibule at Chase, 1809 West Lawrence in Ravenswood around 4 a.m., according to a Chicago police report. They were gone when police arrived a few minutes later, but the vestibule glass was broken, and the ATM had been pried open. The crew did not compromise the machine’s cash box.
A witness reportedly saw a white Jeep Cherokee speed away from the area with three men inside before cops arrived.
The group was described as three men: one wore a dark green hoodie, black mask, and black pants; another wore all black; and the third wore a black sweater, gray pants, and brown shoes.
About 30 minutes earlier, men armed with guns reportedly tried to break into the ATM at a 24-hour laundromat in Kenwood. Police said the offenders escaped in a white Jeep Cherokee.