Lincoln Park mugging caught on video as neighbors vow to track down serial robbery team

Video has surfaced of two men robbing a 65-year-old woman and her daughter in Lincoln Park on Wednesday afternoon. The crime is part of an ongoing pattern of robberies in the immediate area. Another woman was mugged in Boystown under similar circumstances this week, too.

The first robbery (video), on the 2700 block of North Pine Grove around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, was captured on video. It shows a 40-year-old woman walking with her mother behind two men.

Suddenly, the two men turn around and begin talking with the women. Just as quickly, one robber wrestles the daughter’s purse away. The second robber then grabs the mother’s sweater from behind and hurls her to the ground as he runs away with his accomplice.

Similar robberies of women were reported on the 600 block of West Addison around 8:50 p.m. Wednesday and on the 2500 block of North Lakeview around 9:40 p.m.

Then, on Thursday evening, a 31-year-old woman was robbed by two men who pulled away her purse and phone in an alley behind the 2600 block of North Hampden. A resident recorded the robbers’ getaway car as they left the scene.

On Friday evening, three men stole an Amazon delivery driver’s gray Kia Sportage as he dropped off packages on the 500 block of North Wrightwood, just steps from where Thursday’s robbery occurred.

While police have not publicly linked the crimes, the people who committed the robberies on Wednesday evening also tried to steal a car that they thought had been left running on the 2900 block of North Halsted. But the keys weren’t in it and they escaped in a Mercedes that was waiting for them.

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