Four women were robbed in three separate incidents across Lakeview and Lincoln Park on Wednesday. At least two of the crimes were committed by one group, according to CPD reports.
The first robbery occurred on the 2700 block of North Pine Grove around 2:20 p.m. A woman and her mother were outside when two men pushed the older woman, a senior citizen, to the ground and robbed both victims,according to initial information from the scene.
After wrestling away the younger woman’s purse, both suspects ran south on Pine Grove. They were described as two Black males between 16- and 18-years-old, slim, with one taller than the other. One wore a colorful hoodie with dark pants.
Later, there was a string of reports about crimes involving people who emerged from a stolen gray Mercedes SUV. The car was itself stolen around 2 p.m. on the 2300 block of North Lincoln, according to CPD records.
Just before 9 p.m., two people jumped into a woman’s vehicle on the 2900 block of North Halsted in an apparent attempt to steal it. But the keys weren’t in the car. So, they got out and escaped in the Mercedes, which was waiting nearby.
About ten minutes later, a woman told police that someone pushed her to the ground and robbed her of her purse on the 600 block of West Addison in Boystown. She reported the robber was a woman who fled in a gray Mercedes SUV.
Finally, at 9:40 p.m., a robber stepped out of a silver Mercedes and mugged a 27-year-old woman on the 2500 block of North Lakeview, according to police. The suspect took the woman’s purse off her back and then fled in the Mercedes.
An officer described him as Black and about 25-years-old. His accomplice was Black, about 25, 5’6″ tall, wearing a white shirt and black sweatshirt. They were last seen heading north on Lakeview Avenue in the Mercedes.
All of the incidents took place in the Town Hall (19th) Police District, where officers have recorded 122 robberies so far this year, up 33% from this point last year. CPD’s latest CompStat statistics report shows robberies in the district are up 39% compared to 2020, 42% compared to 2019, and 3% compared to 2018.