Two armed robberies reported in Edgewater and Rogers Park early Friday morning appear to be the work of the same hold-up crew. Police have made no arrests.
The first robbery occurred near Kenmore and Ardmore in Edgewater around 12:45 a.m. The victims said three men wearing ski masks arrived in a black sedan and took their valuables at gunpoint.
About 15 minutes later, three men robbed a woman and struck her in the head near the intersection of Glenwood and Estes in Rogers Park. They escaped in a car that was driven by a fourth suspect, according to a CPD report.
The crimes are part of a 16% surge in robberies citywide this year. This year’s robbery rate is also pacing 6% ahead of 2020 and 13% ahead of 2019, according to Chicago police data.
In the Rogers Park (24th) Police District, which generally includes the area north of Peterson Avenue and east of the North Shore Channel, robberies are flat compared to last year, but up 12% over 2020 and 55% over 2019.
The Lincoln (20th) Police District, between Lawrence and Peterson avenues east of the channel, has seen a 28% decline in robberies compared to 2021, but they’re up 33% compared to 2020 and 4% over 2019.